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NEW Washington/bening/willis - Siege (Blu-ray)

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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent portrayal of a possible reality May 4 2004
By Seif
The Siege realistically portrays what the government is capable of under such extreme circumstances. Enveloped in a collective paranoid terror, citizens of New York City crouch and drop to the ground at the sound of a bus backfiring. The government responds by declaring martial law and breaking regulations: First, the US Army cannot be used against the American people, and second, the government cannot legally invade the privacy of its citizens. Although this movie was before the Patriot Act, which allows law enforcement agencies to gather information from emails and cell phones, the extent to which the Army goes in The Siege is far beyond the tenets of the Patriot Act.
Anyway, it is a great movie, and I cannot see why someone would find this movie racist. The Arab citizens are portrayed as normal people just like everybody else, and just because a movie contains a scene in which Arabs are sent to internment camps (en masse) does not mean that the creater of the film believes that this is correct.
As for the acting, every role was played superbly, although Elise was not very convincing...
And, in response to the person who said that they never really said why the terrorist cells were attacking, here is the answer, which anyone who is really paying attention should be able to grasp:
The U.S. secretly kidnaps a Muslim religious leader, which sparks terrorist attacks on the city of New York.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Updated Gettysburg Address Feb. 26 2004
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I was expecting this to be, possibly like most, an action packed/explosive, short on storyline, film... But I was utterly surprised by it.
In my opinion, this film could only be deemed a propoganda piece if you do not believe or have no hope that someone with the same calibre as the Denzel Washington character exists today.
The messages throughout are captivating and believeable and are articulated without being overbearing, even though the film itself is a bit loud.
I was drawn to Tony Shalhoub's character far more than Denzel Washington's. He was far more interesting and superbly played by Mr Shalhoub; though Denzel Washington puts in another excellent performance in this film; as does Bruce Willis (and he is not a favourite of mine) Annette Bening was excellent as the CIA agent and her character left me wondering just how far she allowed her ideals control the decisions she made.
I would recommend this film to fans of Tony Shalhoub and Denzel Washington any day.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Overrated Jan. 25 2004
One night, I was at a friends' sleepover and his family got a brand-new DVD player (keep in mind, this was a few years ago when DVD players started selling like the bubonic plague...) and they bought a few DVDs that we were going to watch. The first one we happened to watch was 1998's "The Siege," starring Denzel Washington and directed by the talented Edward Zwick, best known for directing the epic "Glory," which also starred Washington, and the recent "Last Samurai." Both were grand epics with a moving story and a grand dose of acting talent and beautiful visuals. Now, "The Siege" is a different kind of film, but with the talent involved, this movie fell below my expectations.
Washington stars as "Hub," an FBI agent leading a team in finding the terrorists responsible for a series of bombings in New York. They often refer to them as "cells," which I am assuming as groups or an organization of some type; the film is never really clear what a "cell" is. Tony Shalhoub plays Frank, FBI partner and an American of Arab descent, and also feels threatened by the United States when The President sends a crazed general (Bruce Willis) to install martial law on New York, which causes every Arab-descented individual to be locked up, including Frank's son. Annette Bening plays a CIA spy attempting to crack the case and has some involvement as well...
I must say Edward Zwick still has his directorial flair for entertainment, but the screenplay could've used some serious modifications. The movie jumps around a lot without a clear focus. We also never really know WHY the Arabs are bombing New York in the first place. The acting in it isn't very good either...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not a Racist Film Jan. 3 2004
As I am half Lebanese myself, I do not agree with the many claims that this movie is racist. First of all, it gives a glimpse of the Islamic and Arab community in New York City and shows some positive aspects of their culture, and second, the protagonist has a Lebanese partner. I think that many Arabs who did find this movie racist were more worried about the subject manner. Most Arabs living in America are very patriotic, often to the point where they hate seeing negative aspects of the American government as much as many European Americans. This was a movie which tried to show, in addition to terrorism, exactly what the American government is capable of when it feels threatened by a particular ethnicity or political persuasion; as exemplified by the internment camps which were created for Shiite Moslems and the scene where the suspected terrorist is tortured and shot. These acts were not an attempt by the movie-makers to say that they approve of it (if it were, I'm sure the Lebanese actor Tony Shaloub would not have had a part in it) but to show the extremities to which military officials can be driven. In the aforementioned internment camp scene a moment is even taken to address Arab pride, as Tony Shaloub's character throws his badge at Denzel Washington 's character and says, "Tell them I'm not their sand-ni**er anymore."
Those who want to criticize racist movies need only look to The Delta Force, or Rules of Engagement. But The Siege is a movie which truly takes all aspects of the terrorism issue into consideration, except perhaps what provokes it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Moview
Consdiering the movie came out prior to Sept 11, 2001, the emotions and mood throughout the movie was incredibly well set. This is a MUST watch movie.
Published 9 months ago by Memphius
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty well done movie
for me,this was a pretty good drama dealing with what would happen if
there was a major terrorist attack in the U.S. Read more
Published on May 29 2009 by falcon
3.0 out of 5 stars Let's not get carried away here, folks.
All these five star reviews that, after the events of 9/11, call the film "haunting" and "important" and "before it's time. Read more
Published on July 4 2004 by Danny
5.0 out of 5 stars "Wag the Dog" drama
Denzel should have gotten his oscar here. Scarily real scenario that almost played out three years later. Will be giving many copies of this to friends.
Published on May 12 2004 by Ed
4.0 out of 5 stars Prophetic
I don't have much to say other than that the movie is pretty rivetting and well made. It definitely was under-rated when it came out and is a MUST SEE for people today. Read more
Published on May 3 2004 by reader_buyer_guy
1.0 out of 5 stars B-Action Film Disguised as Thriller
Hollywood has always liked playing with the heads of their audience and feeding off their fears. This film is no different. Read more
Published on Oct. 12 2003 by TrezKu13
In 1998 I could easily have glossed over this movie as yet another Hollywoodesque mega-treatment of a hackneyed racial slur. Read more
Published on June 23 2003 by Shashank Tripathi
4.0 out of 5 stars the siege, the warning
the siege was release in 1998, nobody cared. 911 came alone and the movie was justified. strong performances from every body especially the main stars made the movie REAL. Read more
Published on June 18 2003 by rudedog301
4.0 out of 5 stars Talk about perspectives
So I saw this movie when it was in theaters way back yonder, and thought it was a pretty interesting flick. Read more
Published on May 21 2003 by BustaChong
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