The Situation 2006

The Situation

Critics Consensus

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

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Anna (Connie Nielsen) is an American journalist who's falling in love with Iraqi photographer Zaid (Mido Hamada) against the backdrop of the war in Iraq. She's also ending a secret affair with Dan (Damian Lewis), an intelligence officer in Baghdad. The dangers of wartime Iraq heighten everyone's emotions, and the love triangle creates further stress when one of Anna's friends is killed, and Anna is kidnapped. Zaid and Dan must get together to rescue Anna before it's too late.

Cast

Connie Nielsen
as Anna Molyneux
Damian Lewis
as Dan Murphy
John Stattery
as Colonel Carrick
Said Amadis
as Mayor Tahsin
Tom McCarthy
as Major Hanks
Mahmoudi M'Barek
as Colonel Jobouri
John Slattery
as Colonel Carrick
Peter Eyre
as US Ambassador
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Critic Reviews for The Situation

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (25) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (31)

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

    April 13, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Beneath the melodrama is an insider's account of the seemingly inconsequential details often edited out of dispatches from the front.

    April 13, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • 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 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • [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…
  • 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 | Rating: C-

Audience Reviews for The Situation

  • Oct 25, 2012
    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...
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 08, 2008
    [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]
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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