Sunday, April 13, 2008

The Siege

A very interesting film in that it predates the horrific events of 9/11 and manages to get a great majority of the story right. The terrorist faction uses bombs instead of planes in this case and not only does Denzel Washington have to contend with the fanatics from the Middle East he also has to deal with the home-grown war mongers led by a rather ineffective Bruce Willis. With a face lice Washington at the helm, backed by a less than credible Annette Bening in a role I shan't spoil for you, Willis is just too A-list and the film would have been far better served to have used somebody less known in that part. Still, as is most often the case, Denzel can carry the film all on his own and there is one hostage scene in particular you won't easily forget. Tony Shalhoub also has a very moving and interesting role in this motion picture and look for Chip Zien in a bit part as Chief of Staff.


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