Sunday, December 13, 2009


Day 346 - 12/12/09 - Movie 346

BEFORE: Let's stick with the theme of international intrigue...

THE PLOT: When straight arrow FBI agent Roy Clayton heads up the investigation into a dangerous international conspiracy, all clues seem to lead back to former U.S. Special Operations officer, Samir Horn.

AFTER: Don Cheadle plays Samir Horn, who's a former U.S. citizen working for Arab terrorists (or is he?) in planning bomb attacks on U.S. embassies, and then a large-scale operation in the U.S. He's being pursued by FBI agents (Guy Pearce and Neal McDonough) and seems to also have contact with a CIA agent (Jeff Daniels). So who is he really working for, and what is his ultimate goal?

Since the whole movie hinges on this fact, I won't be divulging it here. But this was an OK, just-twisty-enough thriller, with an interesting take on the nature of terrorism, and the lengths that some people will go to in order to carry it out, and to try to stop it.

However, it encountered some of the same problems as "Munich" - without giving anything away, I'll just state my opinion that if you're one of the "good guys" conducting an operation, and you're wondering if the operation has gone too far, there's a simple test. When one innocent bystander dies, that's a sign to pull the plug. If you don't, then there is no difference between you and the actual terrorists...

RATING: 5 out of 10 suspicious briefcases

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