Saturday, April 08, 2006

I like it cos I agree with the politics

On the flight out from London to Zionist-Occupied Palestine (Tel Aviv to you), I had 2 hours of my life stolen by George Clooney. This may be most women's ultimate fantasy but it was not a pleasure for me. Syriana has to be one of the most over-rated films of the last year. It has a meandering plot with strings that either do not tie together or do so with no explanation. For anyone expecting a version of Traffic that swaps white powder for black liquid, you will be sorely disappointed.

The acting and casting is very good, but in general there are some gross over-simplifications and the constant bouncing between 3 or 4 parallel plotlines means that none of them have enough depth to be properly understood.

It seems quite clear to me that the film's popularity and award-winning success is because this film takes a big swipe at the evils of Big Oil and their Republican neo-con hawk friends in the US government, assisted by those nasty unreforming Arab dictators who are a minority propped up by the needs of the American military-industrial complex. The suicide-bombers in the film are shown to be nice, sweet boys indoctrinated by a pleasant man with his heart in the right place, and the real hero is the noble Arab prince who just wants what is best for his country and is stymied by the Machiavellian behaviour of the CIA and their powerful friends.

This is all such flimsy drivel that it beggars belief. Some tepid films have been showered with rewards before because they have been grandiose and used cutting-edge technology, such as Titanic, which was all too predictable and sentimental but had stupendous special effects and some fine acting, along with an eye for detail. That is understandable.

But Syriana does not have these saving graces. So I conclude that people are recommending it to their friends and the Oscar nominations panel on the grounds that "I like it because I agree with the politics... and you will too." Shameful.

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