The Situation

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Overview

The war in Iraq provides the backdrop for this story of personal and political chaos from British filmmaker Philip Haas. Anna (Connie Nielsen) is an American journalist covering the fighting in Iraq in 2003. American forces have removed Saddam Hussein from power, but violence remains widespread on both sides, and many of the criminals and opportunists who attached themselves to Hussein's regime are scrambling for position under the American-authorized government. Anna has friends and allies on both sides of the ...
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Overview

The war in Iraq provides the backdrop for this story of personal and political chaos from British filmmaker Philip Haas. Anna (Connie Nielsen) is an American journalist covering the fighting in Iraq in 2003. American forces have removed Saddam Hussein from power, but violence remains widespread on both sides, and many of the criminals and opportunists who attached themselves to Hussein's regime are scrambling for position under the American-authorized government. Anna has friends and allies on both sides of the conflict, and is romantically involved with two men -- Dan (Damien Lewis), a CIA operative who believes the future of Iraq depends on Americans working with moderate Iraqis and rebuilding the damage done in the war (beliefs that run counter to those of his superiors), and Zaid (Mido Hamada), a photographer from Iraq who is eager to leave his battered country behind and start a new career in the West. As Anna's loyalties are torn between these two men and their differing perspectives on Iraq, a scandal polarizes the nation when two Iraqi children are found dead after having been thrown off a bridge by American soldiers. The Situation was written by Wendell Steavenson, a former journalist who was inspired to write the script by her own experiences covering the Iraq war.
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Special Features

Theatrical trailer; Filmmaker biography
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/31/2007
  • UPC: 767685991138
  • Original Release: 2006
  • Rating:

  • Source: New Video Group
  • Presentation: Colorized
  • Time: 1:46:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 94,052

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Connie Nielsen , Anna
Damian Lewis , Dan
Mido Hamada , Zaid
Said Amadis , Tahsin
John Stattery Colonel Carrick,
Tom McCarthy Major Hanks,
Nasser Memarzia , Rafeeq
Peter Eyre U.S. Embassy Official
Mahmoud El Lozy , Duraid
Shaun Evans Wesley
Omar Berdouni Bashar
Driss Roukhe Walid
Technical Credits
Philip Haas Director
Antonio Arroyo Sound/Sound Designer
Jeff Beal Score Composer
Sean Bobbitt Cinematographer
Curtiss Clayton Editor
Richard King Sound/Sound Designer
Wendell Steavenson Screenwriter
Anita Yavich Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Situation
1. Bridge [8:03]
2. Funeral in Samarra [9:29]
3. Green Zone [8:18]
4. Intelligence Officers [9:26]
5. "This Happens All the Time" [9:25]
6. Rafeeq's Business [9:53]
7. Coincidence [7:08]
8. Water Treatment Plant [9:17]
9. "Walid Wants to Take Me Somewhere" [9:47]
10. Assault Team on Standby [8:50]
11. Kite Boy [9:07]
12. "Just Like Saddam" [7:08]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Situation
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   Scenes
   Extras
      Theatrical Trailer: 2 min.
      Filmmaker Bio
      DVD Credits
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Important First Look at the Iraqi Occupation

    THE SITUATION is an eye-opener for the general public who have been kept guessing as to what is happening in the Iraqi War by the edited reporting in the media. It has all the markings and possibilities of a significant statement movie, but unfortunately the seemingly sound script (Wendell Steavenson) and the solid acting are all but lost by the engineers who allowed the dialog to be inaudible: not only is the ambient sound in a war-torn country not controlled by the Dolby process, but the insipid music score covers what free space there might have been for us to hear what the characters are saying. For lip readers the story might make sense, but for other viewers it is a tough uphill fight. Anna (Connie Nielsen) is a journalist sent to cover the war to send home to the public a realistic view of what is happening in Iraq. She is aided by friendly Iraqis such as Rafeeq (Nasser Memarzia) and informed of American crimes against Iraqis and becomes involved in a dangerous journalistic mission, one that gives many insights into all of the aspects of the Iraqi conflict. She finds love with two men, a CIA operative Dan Murphy (Damian Lewis) who represents the idealistic vision of helping supply the country with medical assistance, and an Iraqi photographer Zaid (Mido Hamada) whose gentle spirit and warm support win Anna's respect, and the love triangle comes into strident focus when the forces involved in espionage clash in a climatic conflict while Anna is held hostage. Thankfully, the Arabic conversations are accompanied by subtitles and the audience is thus more able to understand the Iraqi side of the story than the inaudible English spoken dialog apparently explaining the American aspects. The cast seems strong (especially Nielsen, Lewis and Hamada) and the supporting cast is excellent. While THE SITUATION is not meant to be the 'tell-all' of the complex Iraqi story, it at least gives credence to both sides of opinion. And that is what could have made the movie well worth seeing. Philip Haas digs in and gives us a tough dose of what the war is about - if only we could hear the dialog! Grady Harp

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