is sort of Three Days of the Condor
crossed with The Parallax View
fertilized by Traffic
and then going on a date with The Ugly American
. Its also an extremely well-constructed political thriller that may be too complex for the average 12-year-old. Nonetheless, this tale of corrupt oil companies, assassinations, attempts at political reform, family tragedy and, like, 14 other things benefits not only from a great cast (George Clooney, Jeffrey Wright, Matt Damon, Christopher Plummer, Chris Cooper and the incomparable Alexander Siddig), but from some of the most intricate plot-weaving Ive seen since the whole Iran-Contra thing. Well worth checking out, but make sure youre ready for two hours and six minutes of crisply written, brilliantly acted and densely packed information.