Monday, December 19, 2005
Saw Syriana, starring George "bobblehead" Clooney and Matt "hugeteeth" Damon this weekend. It got two thumbs up from Ebert and Roeper, but I give it a thumb down. I love political thrillers, and dialogue driven stuff, but this one falls flat.
The story is convoluted like all good thrillers. It's full of shady characters, betrayal, intrigue. Only there's too many characters. Because of that, and despite excellent performances, it was impossible to get to know any of them.
This story would have worked much better as an HBO mini-series on the same level with The Wire or the British miniseries, Traffik. With more time dedicated to character and plot development this story would be worth telling properly.