Wednesday, February 04, 2009

The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

This is an imperfect-but-creditable movie. U.S. Army Major Bennett Marco (Denzel Washington) can’t sleep at night and he doesn’t want to. Marco spends his days giving inspiring speeches about his platoon’s ambush in the Kuwaiti desert and the heroics of Sergeant Raymond Shaw (Live Schreiber), who won the Medal of Honor for saving Marco’s crew. But at night, Marco’s dreamlike memories of the desert turn sinister and terrifying. And Marco privately wonders whether the two soldiers who died in the firefight might have met darker fates than officially recorded.

It is based on the 1959 novel by Richard Condon and is a remake of the 1962 film with Frank Sinatra. Operation Desert Shield was intended to protect Saudi Arabia from an invasion by Iraq. US troops were deployed on August 7, 1990 and the next day Iraq declared that it would take control of Kuwait.


At 2/04/2009 5:06 PM, Blogger Green said...

I purchased the 1959 Manchurian Candidate and loved it. After watching it, I didn't care too much for the modern one.


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