Syriana could be subtitled Traffic 2.0. It`s one of those educational movies that deals with a hot issue and explores it from different angles. How everything is connected in this great world of ours and how every pull has its push.
As a career CIA operative (George Clooney) begins to uncover the disturbing truth about the work he has devoted his life to, an up-and-coming oil broker (Matt Damon) faces an unimaginable family tragedy and finds redemption in his partnership with an idealistic Gulf prince (Alexander Siddig). A corporate lawyer (Jeffrey Wright) faces a moral dilemma as he finesses the questionable merger of two powerful U.S. oil companies, while across the globe, a disenfranchised Pakistani teenager (Mazhar Munir) falls prey to the recruiting efforts of a charismatic cleric.
You can see how Traffic and Syriana had the sam script writer as the plot is similar and has similar nodes. The bigger picture, the connections, the strings that dangle in the mid-air…all that is present in Syriana, a movie that deals with the current western affection with the oil-rich countries of Asia.
The pace howerer varies, as you got brilliant dialogues, brilliant action sequences and then you also have brilliant nothing. It almost feels like the actors and script writers are preparing for the next brilliant dialogue/action sequence and leave the viewer to dangle (or fast forward).
Nevertheless, there are some brilliant performances in this movie, some scenes that will be quoted over and over again and the moral undertone is clear. Syriana – nobody gets away clean in the oil business too.