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The complicated "Syriana" suffers from an Oliver Stone complex... - CinemaDave

Jan. 17th, 2006 08:13 pm The complicated "Syriana" suffers from an Oliver Stone complex...

"Syriana" is a deliberately complicated movie about
passive aggressive terrorism. Acts of violence occur
and the wrong people get hurt. The film's narrative
shifts from George Clooney to Matt Damon and the
sinister Christopher Plummer. Eventually Tim Blake
Nelson shows up as a Washington D.C. insider and
provides the audience the core assertion of "Syriana”

"Corruption? Corruption is our protection! Corruption
keeps us safe and warm! Corruption is why you and I
are prancing around in here instead of fighting over
scraps of meat out in the streets! Corruption... is
why we win!" "

“Syriana" had the potential to be a
thought provoking contemporary political action
thriller. Instead, the producers fall into the Oliver
Stone School of Conspiracy Theory and just provide
obvious problems about today's woes. The producers
seem so self absorbed with American guilt that cannot
propose constructive solutions. While wallowing in
misery, "Syriana'” succeeds. Clooney earned his
Golden Globe Best Supporting award as a CIA operative
who gets tortured.

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Date:January 20th, 2006 01:11 pm (UTC)

Christopher Plummer

It's good to hear that Christopher Plummer is in "Syriana".

Plummer is one of those actors who can really become the character. Sometimes when I see his name listed in the credits of one of his films on TV I have watched the movie for some time wondering when he will make an appearance in a scene, but then I suddenly realize I have already been watching him for 20 minutes or so without recognizing him.

North Star
Date:January 23rd, 2006 02:42 am (UTC)

Re: Christopher Plummer

There is an interesting chapter in Kelsey Grammer's autobiography titled "So Far." Grammer describes Plummer as both the best and worst actor he had ever worked with. It was during a stage production of "Othello" with James Earl Jones, which toured through Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale.
Date:January 24th, 2006 01:03 am (UTC)

Re: Christopher Plummer

Christopher Plummer being best and worst is a fascinating analysis. It would be fun to check out Kelsey Grammer's autobiography for more details, which I have not yet read.

Plummer has tremendous range as an actor. I believe he can play almost anything he decides to try. People like that often have roller-coaster personalities that bring everything under the sun and then some for better or worse to the table.

I can never take my eyes off of a Plummer performance. I always find him riveting. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful insight into this complex and gifted artist.

North Star