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|Denzel Washington||Anthony Hubbard|
|Annette Bening||Elise Kraft/Sharon Bridger|
|Bruce Willis||William Devereaux|
|Tony Shalhoub||Frank Haddad|
|Mark Valley||FBI Agent Mike Johanssen|
|Edward Zwick||Director, Producer, Screenwriter|
|Lilly Kilvert||Production Designer|
|Graeme Revell||Score Composer|
|Ann Roth||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Peter Schindler||Executive Producer|
|Chris Shriver||Art Director|
|Lawrence Wright||Original Story, Screenwriter|
Posted October 1, 2010
Watching the 1998 THE SIEGE in 2007 and then rolling through all the reviews of this film from the time of release to the present is a lesson in the power of the cinema. The obvious initial response was less about the film as a film than about the manner in which the FBI, CIA, Military, Terrorists, and public responded to the unimaginable: shouts of protests about 'glorification of occult terrorists', the Hollywood idea of the impossible happening, and the criticism of the fine cast of actors who steeped into roles 'beyond swallowing' are all here in these reviews. Now, six years after 9/11 reviewers are taking a different view, though most still find the film pompous and obnoxious. Offensive versus defensive. And after viewing the movie as a movie it is gratifying to know that people feel strongly and are vocal about the depiction of the 'war against terrorism' we continue to lose. Movies that make people think and talk are valuable, and in that light the film is more successful than initially considered. Yes, there are gaping holes in the script and the plot and the concept, but as a little thriller it maintains our attention throughout and offers some fine moments from actors such as Denzel Washington, Annette Bening, Tony Shalhoub, Bruce Willis, Sami Bouajila, Ahmed Ben Larby, Aasif Mandvi among others. And then there are the panoramas of New York City under siege with the Twin Towers standing mightily in the cityscape... It begs the question: if scriptwriter Lawrence Wright and director Edward Zwick (Blood Diamond, The Last Samurai, Courage Under Fire, Glory, Leaving Normal, Legends of the Fall, etc) were thinking along these lines and finding flaws in our intelligence forces, why weren't the leaders in Washington, DC in tune with 'absurd possibilities'? It makes one think - and that is the best thing about this film. Grady HarpWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
I watched this movie in a politics class and it was an awesome movie! It starts out with a mysterious ''bombing'' of a bus in NYC by a group of Muslim militants, and from then on more bombings happen with deadly results. Denzel Washington's character is desperately trying to discover where the terrorist cells are located, aided by the mysterious Elise and the rest of the FBI. I was absolutely shocked when I learned who headed the last terorrist cell - you probably will be too! It's also almost strange, because the movie was made in 1998 and it dealt with terrorist attacks in NYC by Muslim radicals, and we all know what happened on September 11th. Fortunately things did not go this far! Great movie, 5 stars!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 31, 2011
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