Sunday, April 09, 2006

Mixing Oil and Drama

by Stephen Gaghan

In a similar way that Stephen Gaghan adapted a British miniseries into Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic, he does a similar thing with the complicated political story of Syriana. It strikes a balance between a rant about politics and oil and a thriller, and it worked for me. But it’s probably a personal thing, but I enjoyed it and was even surprised by it. It’s very well-shot and wisely avoids large chunks of exposition and focuses on the characters and the gaps where we can fill in the blanks. A solid film, but not something to see if you don’t want to think or pay close attention.

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