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The Situation (2006)



Critic Consensus: 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 both sides of the conflict, and is romantically involved with two men -- Dan (Damien Lewis), a CIA operative who believes the future of Iraq depends on Americans working with moderate Iraqis and rebuilding the damage done in the war (beliefs that run counter to those of his superiors), and Zaid (Mido Hamada), a photographer from Iraq who is eager to leave his battered country behind and start a new career in the West. As Anna's loyalties are torn between these two men and their differing perspectives on Iraq, a scandal polarizes the nation when two Iraqi children are found dead after having been thrown off a bridge by American soldiers. The Situation was written by Wendell Steavenson, a former journalist who was inspired to write the script by her own experiences covering the Iraq war.
R (for violence, language and a scene of sexuality)
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Connie Nielsen
as Anna Molyneux
Damian Lewis
as Dan Murphy
John Stattery
as Colonel Carrick
Omar Berdouni
as Bashar
Said Amadis
as Tahsin
Shaun Evans
as Wesley
Tom McCarthy
as Major Hanks
Mahmoudi M'Barek
as Colonel Jobouri
John Slattery
as Colonel Carrick
Peter Eyre
as US Ambassador
Fatiha Watili
as Samira
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All Critics (47) | Top Critics (26)

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

Full Review… | April 13, 2007
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Beneath the melodrama is an insider's account of the seemingly inconsequential details often edited out of dispatches from the front.

Full Review… | April 13, 2007
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 13, 2007
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.

Full Review… | March 30, 2007
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.

Full Review… | March 30, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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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...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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The Situation is the first movie to deal with the US occupation of Iraq. The film follows an American journalist and her photographer, translator, contact, and her Army boyfriend. Everyone's story intertwines and the whole thing is full of danger. They are in Iraq, of course there is danger. Not so much a love story as it was marketed, The Situation is more a commentary on how stupid it is for the US troops to be stuck in the middle of a civil war. It shows the shady dealings of our government and the lack of the Iraqis to agree on their own form of government. We need out now. We needed out years ago. This great movie will let you see what kind of chaos is over there.

mike dudley
mike dudley

unfortunate when at war it is difficult to trust even your own, no matter where you are germany / vienam / irak /it is all the same. this movie is a good example.

Jorge Zapata
Jorge Zapata

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