The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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An ambitious but preachy drama that fails to convincingly parcel its thriller and romance elements.
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The concept is strong and expertly fleshed out; it's just a pity that Hollywood tropes are allowed to invade.
Beneath the melodrama is an insider's account of the seemingly inconsequential details often edited out of dispatches from the front.
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.
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.
[Haas'] attempt to convey the tangled relations between sheikhs and insurgents, occupiers and civilians is undercut by Wendell Steavenson's mightily overwritten screenplay.
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].
The film takes place in current day Iraq (although it was primarily filmed in Morocco) and it makes everybody out to be pathetic. And while this is a major problem, it is not even the film's greatest flaw.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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...
[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]
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