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Siege, The
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by Erik Childress

"Protests More Insulting Than Anything in Well-Made Film"
4 stars

The Siege (***) - Going into this film I kept preaching to people that Edward Zwick has never made a bad film (About Last Night, Glory, Legends of the Fall, Courage Under Fire). That’s enough to give me some high hopes for this film. And for probably for a little over an hour, this is a solid 3 ½ star film. T

he first hour is a riveting thriller based in reality with tension-filled scenes of terrorism. How the FBI goes after these terrorists and their tactics are well-handled and all the performances are right-on. Then the film kind of changes game plans by launching the martial law aspect well-publicized in the film’s ads. This takes place after the one-hour mark and the film switches gears from a slick thriller to a moral drama, which is fine, except the martial law scenes aren’t all that interesting and sometimes feels more like stock footage than real drama. I wanted to see more of the disruption of freedoms that we as citizens would have to give up, instead of merely concentrating on the images of thousands of Arabs locked in concentration camps. Another problem of the film is Bruce Willis’ character (part of it written, part of it acted). Earlier in the film, his General character strongly advises against the use of martial law in the city - but from what we know earlier about him and the way the scenes play out, especially that one, it seems like he really would love to do it - taking any depth away from his character. The film then, unfortunately becomes more of a mano-a-mano between Denzel and Bruce than either of them against the terrorists. There are a few good points made during a couple of these scenes, but I still wanted more. The film also unfortunately gives us a face for Denzel to shoot at during the final scenes, in a more conventional villain way, than the terrorist amalgamation that we’ve been dealing with for 90 minutes previous. Then the film ends on a Crimson Tide/A Few Good Men note that seems too phony, just as a way to end the movie - and a disappointing ending it is because it just kinda ends. As far as Arabs being pissed at this movie. My first thought when I hear anyone protesting any kind of movie is to ask them - Did you see it?. If they say no - then I’d tell them to shut the fuck up. But, I don’t think there’s any reason for them to protest because if they saw the movie - they’d see that the movie does show that the majority of Arabs living in America are decent people - with a few rotten apples spoiling the bunch. The film takes its topic seriously enough to acknowledge that fact. Just remember - all Arabs are not terrorists, but all terrorists are Arabs. I’m joking. I kid.

But, seriously, I’m recommending the movie as good and not great. It gets the point across for the most part and the first hour is just too good to let the last 20 minutes drag it down. Ed Zwick’s track record is still safe, but all of those other films rank higher on his scale than this one does. And that’s a shame. (Note: There’s a movie coming out called “Arlington Road” about a suburban guy played by Jeff Bridges who discovers that his neighbor, Tim Robbins, is a bomber. I think I’m going to protest this movie for all the Caucasian-Americans out there.)

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User Comments

12/14/13 Monday Morning You sanctimonious pricks. 3 stars
8/29/08 Shaun Wallner Intense Action!!! 5 stars
1/31/07 Matt Predictable but suddenly much more relevant since 9/11. Willis is, well, Willis. 3 stars
8/16/06 drydock54321 not worth renting 3 stars
10/22/05 Jack Unreal, stupid portrayal of the military 3 stars
5/04/05 Holibeve C. Suarez its good, very exciting 3 stars
4/01/04 john more timely than it is comfortable for most as reviews indicate - intelligent thriller 5 stars
10/24/03 Wendy Carpenter Probably Annette Bening's best performance; Bruce Willis is better at playing heroes. 4 stars
6/03/02 R.W. Welch Potentially interesting material muddled up; casting not the greatest, uncredible ending. 2 stars
2/27/02 Shrike Waste of time 2 stars
10/30/01 Mr. Hat (formerly Joe Zappa) It was too serious. That's another rule of mine. Can't be too goddamn serious. 2 stars
9/14/01 Erik North Take a look at your television set, people!!!! 4 stars
8/19/01 Edwin Menguin Made me feel sick, truly fuckin' horrible 1 stars
5/22/01 Monster W. Kung Definitely not worth paying for it. 2 stars
7/11/00 Matthew Bartley Hmmm...possibly the most average film I've ever seen 3 stars
12/05/99 Eric S. For a movie that's trying to be a big film event, it feels more like a tv movie. 2 stars
3/10/99 Go Swans Why hire the actor who spoilt 5th Element, Armageddon, Death Becomes Her? It sucked. 2 stars
1/21/99 Captain Confederacy ( Okay, but it could have been LOADS better. Why EXACTLY was Bruce Willis in that movie? 3 stars
1/16/99 Scott Weber I didn't like this movie that much. It was slow and long. 3 stars
1/12/99 cynthia i never snored more !!!!! 1 stars
12/25/98 Binky Very disappointing. 1 stars
12/10/98 George Morgan Bruce Willis takes home another $15,000,000 paycheck. The rest of us just go home. 3 stars
12/07/98 cyanide rush this movie sucked, it dragged on like damn end already 1 stars
12/02/98 superkip starts good, ends very lame 3 stars
11/27/98 Scott Awesome movie, any political buff would love the implications 5 stars
11/25/98 Bridgette not bad for an action flick. much better than expected. bruce willis has got to go. 4 stars
11/24/98 Jumbles Solid thriller without a payoff to match its potential. Bening is very good. 3 stars
11/18/98 JustMe Pretty good, suspenseful in some spots but no real tension at the end 3 stars
11/10/98 Gamma Overall good movie... could have been better. Ending was kinda cheesy. 4 stars
11/07/98 Cage Impressive... Moving... I can't say enough... Denzel was awesome.. LOVED IT!!! 4 stars
11/06/98 Miss Stress bruce willis was in this movie a total of about 20 min. and it still sucked. geez bruce. 1 stars
10/19/98 Dark Horizons Overall, not a bad movie, but not the best either. 3 stars
8/28/98 Mister Whoopee Another terrible Bruce Willis film. Boring cack. 1 stars
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