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The Siege (DVD)
Member Name: daseaford
The Siege (DVD)
Date: 18/03/01, updated on 18/03/01 (44 review reads)
Advantages: Well acted.
Disadvantages: Disjointed plot.
This film is excellently acted but unfortunately the plot is a bit disjointed and challenging to follow.
The story line deals with a group of Middle East terrorists that embark on a reign of terror in New York City. The film script has been written in order to convey that the world of terrorism is a world in which there is little trust and most of the relationships between the people involved are very complex. In the desire to show this complexity the film occasionally seems to go down sub plots that finish up in a story “dead end”, which is broken by somebody appearing with a piece of paper announcing a break through in the hunt for the terrorists. After this has happened three or four times you begin to realise what a poor cop-out it is for the script writers.
The whole film scenario escalates too quickly to be believable, although the shots of thousands of troops coming onto the streets of New York would have provided a lot of work for film extras.
Denzel Washington is brilliant as the FBI agent Anthony Hubbard and it is only his performance that makes this film worth watching at all. Bruce Willis plays the role of an army General but this part does not fit his character at all and one I felt he should have turned down.
There are some good action shots in the movie and some excellent special effects, but these are not enough to save the story line. We are expected to follow the thinking and the behaviour of the terrorists, but about the only line we hear from them is that “The most committed wins”. Even this line is almost lost amongst the twisting plot.
I believe the makers of the film were trying to produce a complicated film looking into the world of terrorism, but got confused with wanting to show the take-over of New York. The most commendable point is the ending. All of the loose ends are nicely drawn together and finished conclusively. Obviously the makers realised there was no point in
leaving any outstanding matters and there would never be a sequel.
The cast and the promotion material make this film look good, but I certainly wouldn’t watch it again.