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The Situation (2006)



Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 47
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 30

An ambitious but preachy drama that fails to convincingly parcel its thriller and romance elements.


Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 25
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 16

An ambitious but preachy drama that fails to convincingly parcel its thriller and romance elements.



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The war in Iraq provides the backdrop for this story of personal and political chaos from British filmmaker Philip Haas. Anna (Connie Nielsen) is an American journalist covering the fighting in Iraq in 2003. American forces have removed Saddam Hussein from power, but violence remains widespread on both sides, and many of the criminals and opportunists who attached themselves to Hussein's regime are scrambling for position under the American-authorized government. Anna has friends and allies on


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Jul 31, 2007

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The concept is strong and expertly fleshed out; it's just a pity that Hollywood tropes are allowed to invade.

April 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Beneath the melodrama is an insider's account of the seemingly inconsequential details often edited out of dispatches from the front.

April 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
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The essential message in this strongly felt film comes clear: 'It's Iraq.' It used to be bad, but now it's worse. And anyone in his right mind, including Iraqis, wants to get out.

April 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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The Situation' is bound to stir up controversy because of the way Americans are portrayed, and anything that gets people talking and thinking is for the good. It brings the war home, where our soldiers should be.

March 30, 2007 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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[Haas'] attempt to convey the tangled relations between sheikhs and insurgents, occupiers and civilians is undercut by Wendell Steavenson's mightily overwritten screenplay.

March 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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There are a half dozen people in colorful supporting roles all of whom have their own truths. And all of whom are far more interesting, as characters and actors, than [Connie Nielsen].

March 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Comment (1)
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I don't think this movie sheds any new light on 'the situation', but it could have, and it's a shame that it didn't.

July 9, 2007 Full Review Source:

A pretty lousy movie in general, though it's the film's somewhat accusatory Iraq War subject matter that's getting it some attention -- deserved or not -- that makes the whole thing a little distasteful.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

It's a credit to the material and the basic plot that even as you're groaning over a clunky speech explaining it all, you're completely focused on what the situation in Iraq actually is.

March 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Contra Costa Times
Contra Costa Times

Bringing the chaos down to very human terms redefines the paradigm for thinking about the occupation, and makes this a film that is more than a mere exercise in action/adventure

March 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

Even as it makes a mucky melodrama out of the war in Iraq, this effect does not seem entirely inappropriate, as it accommodates a U.S. perspective of its own actions.

February 24, 2007 Full Review Source: PopMatters

You want better for this film, but the discomfort it causes is not a matter of it being too soon for the audience, but rather, it seems, for the filmmakers.

February 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Reeler

His heart is in the right place, and our current situation cries out for a film like this %u2026 like this, but much better made.

February 11, 2007

It's [Wendell Steavenson] first screenplay, and it shows; while not the movie's only problem, the script is a big one, made up as it is primarily of dialogue that isn't just expository, but clunkily explanatory.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
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Audience Reviews for The Situation

I found the movie to be interesting. If you are closed minded, you will not like this movie. To me it showed what I already knew: no matter your race or religion, there are bad guys and good guys on both sides. I felt that this movie showed both. Excellent acting from most. Well done, and rarely dull...
October 27, 2012

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[font=Century Gothic]"The Situation" is an ambitious and well-meaning but talky movie about the SNAFU that is the Iraq War as seen through a group of interrelated thinly drawn characters who are just around to state various political positions which any of the fine documentaries from the past few years have done better. The two main characters, Anna(Connie Nielsen), a journalist who spends most of her time outside of the Green Zone, and Dan(Damian Lewis), an intelligence officer, are Americans and lovers. They also share an Iraqi source, Rafeeq(Nasser Memarzia). Anna uses him as a source on a story about American troops pushing two teenagers who were out after curfew off a bridge.(One swam to shore. The other drowned.) Dan sees Rafeeq as somebody who can help his cause, even though most of his superiors view him as a terrorist.(The movie is kind enough to point out that most Iraqis are not terrorists. At the same time, Anna and Dan are naive enough to think any good would come of the American invasion.) In Iraq, it is frowned upon to say the least to work for the Americans(not differentiating between the press and the government) which is a tightrope that Zaid(Mido Hamada), a Christian photographer who just obtained his first passport, walks daily. This is a solid setting for a movie but it lacks true focus. The incident on the bridge would have been a good one but it is only brought up occasionally, while the movie heads off on various tangents. [/font]
February 8, 2008
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