DVD - 2006
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
As a career CIA operative, Bob Barnes begins to uncover the disturbing truth about the work he has devoted his life to. An up-and-coming oil broker, Bryan Woodman faces an unimaginable family tragedy and finds redemption in his partnership with idealistic Gulf Prince Nasir al-Subaai. Corporate lawyer, Bennett Holiday faces a moral dilemma as he finesses the questionable merger of two powerful U.S. oil companies Across the globe, a disenfranchised Wasim Khan, a Pakistani teenager, falls prey to the recruiting efforts of a charismatic cleric. Each plays their small part in the vast and complex system that powers the industry, unaware of the explosive impact their lives will have upon the world.


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A career CIA operative, an up-and-coming oil broker, a corporate lawyer, and a disenfranchised Pakistani teenager each play their small part in the vast and complex system that powers the oil industry, unaware of the explosive impact their lives will have upon the world.

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Mar 22, 2015
  • JackPurcell rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I could have really enjoyed this movie if I could have puzzled out what was supposed to be going on except in the individual fragments and miniscule episodes. They were all just great aside from not making any sense in the overall scheme of things, whatever that was. CIA guys trying to kill people, rich wealthy scumballs trying to control countries so they can make more money, private consultants financial advising PHD Emir princes who want to so something or other the others don't want done with Chinese investors. Other fragments also, none of which can be decyphered without the wossname, something-or-other code, DaVinci or some such I'm guessing.

May 10, 2014
  • akirakato rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

This is a 2005 geopolitical thriller written and directed by Stephen Gaghan.
Gaghan's screenplay is loosely adapted from Robert Baer's memoir "See No Evil."
The film focuses on petroleum politics and the global influence of the oil industry, whose political, economic, legal, and social effects are experienced by a Central Intelligence Agency operative (George Clooney), an energy analyst (Matt Damon), a Washington, D.C., attorney (Jeffrey Wright), and a young unemployed Pakistani migrant worker (Mazhar Munir) in an Arab state in the Persian Gulf.
Although it tackles a challenging theme, numerous stories confuse me.
It was almost impossible to follow the plot.
I was lost without a clear understanding of what precisely is going on.
The film is indeed confucing simply because multiple and parallel storylines frequently jump from one location to another among Texas, Washington D.C., Switzerland, Spain, and the Middle East.

Feb 03, 2014
  • VRMurphy rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Yes, the plot's a bit confusing, but the acting is outstanding. This "reads" like reportage, but you get a sense of the characters as true individuals, not representations of archetypes used to move the story along or make a political point. The Damon storyline, in particular, is just heartbreaking but doesn't feel forced at all.

Aug 20, 2013
  • 2101kol rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A good cast and an interesting story. George Clooney's torture scene is hard to watch.

Jan 03, 2012
  • rwcobur rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Didn't make it through this movie. Seemed to lose interest in the whole plot

Sep 06, 2011
  • Gerrie rated this: 5 stars out of 5.


While bounty & resources ALWAYS breeds friends & enemies, watching Syriana, one can see THE DEADLY COMPETITION, the global alliances & animosities to produce & control global oil-fields is far more defined in this film.


Jan 08, 2010
  • betsybs rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Syriana is fast-paced and complex but it's well worth watching even if everything isn't perfectly clear on first viewing. The story of the young men who become radicalized after losing their jobs is especially poignant and relevant today.

Check out Robert Baer's 'See No Evil' for the story that inspired the movie.

Nov 23, 2009
  • Michael rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

...Too much info to mentally digest went by too fast to really 'get it' ...complete comprehension is beyond the realm of the average viewer who's wondering what's going on and how it's all connected...
Yeah well... isn't that kind of like - the point of this film?
Besides the wonderful performances of the actors (When have you ever seen George Clooney more authentic?) the complexity and ambiguity found in SYRIANA make it baffling and semi-lucid, but demanding of our total attention! And that was the turn-on, for me!
After the usual pap I've seen lately that OPL is circulating as currant and relevant viewing (IMAGINE THAT / THE PROPOSAL / RUDO Y CURSI / WALTZ WITH BASHIR / ALL THE GOOD ONES ARE MARRIED / THE GREAT BUCK HOWARD / WENDY AND LUCY / SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK / LAKEVIEW TERRACE / GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST / BEDTIME STORIES / and MISS MARCH) it was a real pleasure to see a movie like SYRIANA - a film that treats its audience like adults and requires of them to focus on the geopolitical message it was delivering about what it takes to protect the Western World's interests in the Middle East - and what the nature of power and money are in that equation.
Writer-director Stephen Gaghan, who wrote the masterful Academy Award nominated TRAFFIC for Steven Soderbergh to direct - a movie equally complex in presenting several storylines interwoven to expose the drug-trafficking trade - has delivered another winner this time about the even greater global jigsaw puzzle found in the business of international oil.
It's not light-viewing for the light-hearted - it's serious stuff - but that's also its appeal. Watching scenarios unfold that provide countervailing power options to the Chinese in the Middle East, may not be your idea of a "good watch". So, yeah, take out MISS MARCH or any one of the other DVD titles I mentioned above. They are all light watches (like "light reads") and will fulfil a need for vacuous viewing.
But if you want a glimpse of the world's political machinations tied to power, SYRIANA gives it to you through some very fine performances from terrific actors, like the droll Chris Cooper, the ever charming Christopher Plummer, a very menacing Mark Strong, a chameleon-like Matt Damon - and of course, the film's Producer and chief protagonist, George Clooney.
If you like your movies now and then to have a complex worldly relevance - SYRIANA is your ticket to realpolitik.

Nov 22, 2009
  • TeamBlock rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

The little guy vs the US in pursuit of oil. Wonder how that will end.

Not a great movie and only worth watching if you live in the middle east, the White house or are part of the UN.
The average viewer will be confused and constantly wondering what is going on and how it's all connected.


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Jul 30, 2008
  • kokosowe rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: Torture scene


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