Saturday, December 10, 2005


A round of applause for George Clooney's new movie, Syriana. It's gritty. It's complex--just like the actual issue that it deals with, so thankfully for once it wasn't excessively dumbed down to meet the Hollywood standard concept of what an audience can understand. It is just about as real as what is actually happening. It isn't a slick example of post-production effects or CGI. In fact, the cinematography has an almost doccumentary feel. Of course, if you're looking for the kind of happy ending that Hollywood provided in such recent movies as "The Constant Gardener" and "Lords of War," then you're out of luck. But surely that was to be expected.

I was amused to see how accurately the CIA Predator-UCAV experience was represented. I was peripherally involved in such fun and games in 2001 when it was just called "Project 417." Even today people involved with the Air Force's Predator fleet usually just say "the 'other' customer," so it is a testament to how well researched this film is, down to the smallest details.

While the plot skirted the issue of Peak Oil, I can't fault them for their focus: this wasn't intended to be a warning about Peak Oil--it is a warning about energy geopolitics. The major element that should have been covered, however, was the petro-dollar issue. That's the invisible elephant in the room here. Oh well, maybe next Summer we'll finally get a blockbuster about fiat money and the petro-dollar system. I won't be holding my breath...

1 comment:

Fell said...

I totally agree. I believe this to be one of the most important films of the past decade in not only the politics it portrays, but the politics I figure Clooney and crew had to play just to get it produced. Lord knows Hollywood doesn't tend to be biased or anything.