Mineshaft Gap

It's a screening log, no more no less. Maybe I'll have something interesting to say one of these days...

Liberal Filmmaking.

Stephen Gaghan's Syriana demonstrates everything that is wrong with liberal filmmaking. Gaghan's desire to tell the world what he believes is admirable, but also painfully boring.

Just as in Traffic, he chooses to follow far too many stories, which kills certain characters, Jeffery Wright especially is given a remarkably thankless role. The acting is quite good in spots, especially Clooney and , and the film is well shot; but on the whole it lacks in narrative direction and any sense of drama. Again, this would have made a stellar documentary but it makes a boring narrative film.

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