Syriana (2005)
Front Cover Actor
George Clooney Bob Barnes
Jeffrey Wright Bennett Holiday
Matt Damon Bryan Woodman
Amr Waked Mohammed Sheik Agiza
Christopher Plummer Dean Whiting
Kayvan Novak Arash
Chris Cooper Jimmy Pope
Robert Foxworth Tommy Barton
Nicky Henson Sydney Hewitt
Nicholas Art Riley Woodman
Steven Hinkle
Amanda Peet
Mazhar Khan
Movie Details
Genre Drama; Thriller
Director Stephen Gaghan
Producer Jennifer Fox; Georgia Kacandes
Writer Robert Baer; Stephen Gaghan
Language English
Audience Rating R
Running Time 2 hr 6 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Syriana is an oil-based soap opera set against the world of global oil cartels. It is to the oil industry as Traffic was to the drug trade (no surprise, since writer/director Stephen Gaghan wrote the screenplay to Traffic): a sprawling attempt to portray the vast political, business, social, and personal implications of a societal addiction, in this case, oil. A major merger between two of the world?s largest oil companies reveals ethical dilemmas for the lawyer charged with making the deal (Jeffrey Wright), and major global implications beyond the obvious; a CIA operative (George Clooney) discovers the truth about his work, and the people he works for; a young oil broker (Matt Damon) encounters personal tragedy, then partners with an idealistic Gulf prince (Alexander Siddig) attempting to build a new economy for his people, only to find he?s opposed by powers far beyond his control. Meanwhile, disenfranchised Pakistani youths are lured into terrorism by a radical Islamic cleric. And that?s just the start. As in Traffic, in one way or another all of the characters? fates are tied to each other, whether they realize it or not, though the connections are sometimes tenuous. While Syriana is basically a good film with timely resonance, it can?t quite seem to measure up to Gaghan?s ambitious vision and it very nearly collapses under the weight of its many storylines. Fortunately they are resolved skillfully enough to keep the film from going under in the end. To some viewers, Syriana will seem like an unfocused and over-loaded film that goes, all at once, everywhere and nowhere. Others will find it to be an important work earnestly exploring major issues. In either case, it?s a film that deserves to be taken seriously, and it?s likely to be one that will be talked about for a long time to come. --Dan Vancini

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Personal Details
My Rating
Seen It No
Index 1632
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 2006
Purchase Price $15.00
Store Best Buy
Owner JC
Links Amazon US
Folder 013
Product Details
Edition Widescreen Edition
Format DVD
Region Region 1; Region 2
Screen Ratio 2.35:1
UPC 012569807723
Release Date 6/20/06
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Audio Tracks English
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features

Extras to be confirmed, Interactive menus, Subtitles (English, Arabic, Hebrew, Icelandic), Subtitles for hard of hearing (English), Bonus footage, Trailers, Deleted scenes, Interviews (George Clooney), Other documentaries ('Make a Change, Make a Difference')