DVD - 2006
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Multiple storylines trace the corruption of the global oil industry from Houston to Washington to the Middle East.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2006]
Edition: Widescreen ed. --
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama / Syria 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 128 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm., in container


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May 21, 2017

Well done movie, although viewers will need some knowledge of the international politics involved in oil production. I loved how it showed the desperate situations of low level oil workers and the circumstances of young men who are moved into terrorism. Middle-Eastern women, however, were peripheral...are they, in reality, so peripheral? It also showed that not every Amir has evil aspirations toward the West. The "deep state" is portrayed in all its bureaucratic immorality.

I give it a teacher's "A" and 4.5 stars.

Dec 17, 2015

This is a movie as appropriate today as it was when it was first viewed - - thanks to hacker groups we know that ISIS web sites are hosted in silicon valley at the company, Cloudflare, and that their Twitter accounts track back to a department within the British government, which when questioned, explained they had sold those accounts the year before to Saudi Arabia. The Americans and Israelis support the Sunni extremists against Assad [Salafists] while the Americans, Saudi Arabians, Turks, Qater and UAE support ISIS also? There appears to be no sanity in this situation, although the Russians bombing the supply lines of ISIS is the ONE action I can agree with!

Dec 17, 2015

Brilliant and prophetic. Should be mandatory veiwing for every American, especially those who would prefer to keep their heads buried in the sand (no pun intended), but cannot thanks to the monstrosity the U.S. helped create called ISIS.

Nov 12, 2015

I found this confusing even with an inkling of the issues. Subtitles were fairly worthless. The 'baddies' on both sides of this issue made me dislike them even more than I already do. Clandestine & dishonest deeds permeate the entirety of the film. We have become a nation of meddlers, greedy, power hungry aggressors. Really a sad commentary on the human condition, religious beliefs with enough brainwashing on all sides. Disturbing.

marswpqp May 22, 2015

Oil is not black gold it's bloody gold.
The movie is near-perfect. In spite of different parallel storylines, all got together in two different sides of a conflict at the scene observing by a drone of approaching ex-CIA agent's car to line of cars of rebel prince and his family.

Mar 22, 2015

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

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

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

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

Jan 03, 2012

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

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Jul 30, 2008

Violence: Torture scene

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