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The Manchurian Candidate (Bilingual)
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Washington/Streep/Schreiber ~ Manchurian Candidate (2004)
The Manchurian Candidate, a classic of paranoid cinema from the 1960s, gets a cunning update, rife with hot-topic references to corporate war profiteering and electronic voting machines. Major Ben Marco (Denzel Washington, Training Day) has been haunted by nightmares ever since a firefight during the first Gulf War--a battle in which he believes he was saved by the heroism of Sgt. Raymond Shaw (Liev Schreiber, Kate & Leopold). But Marco's nightmares suggest otherwise and drive him to investigate what happened, which may threaten Shaw's candidacy for vice-president. Meryl Streep plays Shaw's mother, a senior senator who manipulates everyone around her with an iron will and a sharp tongue. The Manchurian Candidate loses steam towards the end, but up until then director Jonathan Demme keeps the movie rolling fluidly, crafting some creepy paranoia of his own while Streep tears into everything in her path. --Bret Fetzer --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
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Washington offers a subdued performance, more curious about the secret locked within his brain than tormented. As the emotionally challenged puppet of the Manchurian Global Corporation, Schreiber appears unsure of himself; wavering between sad and psychotic, he never truly defines his character. As the manipulative and sinister mother from hell, Streep is a tour de force; her carefully nuanced actions and words confirm her status as the most talented actress alive. The cast also includes the spirited Kimberly Elise, who appears as a love interest for Washington but may have a secret of her own.
Director Jonathan Demme, who hasn't had a hit since 1991's Silence of the Lambs, has tried to create a film full of paranoia but relies too heavily on symbolism and mood. Nevertheless, the intelligent script plays up the current state of fear that exists in the U.S., much like the Cold War did for the original. In keeping with modern sensibilities, the military is no longer portrayed as the evildoer; rather, big business is deemed to be the true Prince of Darkness.
With the impending U.S. election, The Manchurian Candidate is not only timely but eerily thought-provoking. Unfortunately, this version of the classic conspiracy film is not particularly memorable, and will go down in the annals of history as merely a footnote. Rating: 5 out of 10.
live up to the original.the plot is just too hard to follow,in my
opinion.it's not straight forward at all.it's suspenseful and
dramatic,but not really all that exciting.i didn't care much about the
characters here.in the original,i felt really invested in the
characters.it was much more clever,and psychological.Meryl Streep is a
fine actress,but the character was played to much better effect by
Angela Lansbury in the original.the same can be said of the characters
portrayed by Denzel Washington and Liev Schreiber.Sinatra played the
same character as Schreiber and Laurence Harvey played the same
character as Washington.to be fair,it could be that the characters
were written better in the original,which i think is the case.bottom
line,this version pales in comparison to the original.my vote for The
Manchurian Candidate (2004) is a 3/5
This re-make updates the premise with modern involvement in Iraq and modern allusions to a corrupt government with too many associations with big business. Where even the presidency can be for hire.
Somehow this movie does not weigh itself down with too much political commentary, but remains a study of the characters that inhabit it. It is a thriller first, commentary second.
This High Definition movie has little to offer in the way of extra features, but makes up for it with a beautiful high definition transfer of the film, and an enveloping DTS surround sound.
I'm glad I own it, because this is a title that has to be seen over and over again.
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This is a great movie starring Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep and Liev Schreiber. From the Director of The Silence of the Lambs this movie is entertaining and exciting.Published on April 1 2008 by Carol P
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