While I'm always up for a thriller that deals with insider trading, black ops and the oil industry, I was rather disappointed with Syriana. There are way too many characters to the point that I couldn't keep them all straight. Add to the mix multiple subplots that slowly intertwine, but are often confusing, and move at a turtle's pace (no, make that a slug's pace...). It was intellectually insulting that the Middle Eastern action took place in some generic, nameless Persian Gulf nation. Come on, at least tell us where we really are! The final nail in the coffin is that half the film is in Arabic or Farsi with subtitles. Not even the acting abilities of George Clooney, or Matt Damon can save this dud of a film. Syriana missed the mark by a mile in my estimation.

Overall Grade: C-

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