Syriana – Filtered

Theatrical Release: December 9, 2005
DVD Release: June 20, 2006
Syriana – Filtered


From writer/director Stephen Gaghan, winner of the Best Screenplay Academy Award for Traffic, comes Syriana, a political thriller that unfolds against the intrigue of the global oil industry. From the players brokering back-room deals in Washington to the men toiling in the oil fields of the Persian Gulf, the film’s multiple storylines weave together to illuminate the human consequences of the fierce pursuit of wealth and power. As a career CIA operative (George Clooney) begins to uncover the disturbing truth about the work he has devoted his life to, an up-and-coming oil broker (Matt Damon) faces an unimaginable family tragedy and finds redemption in his partnership with an idealistic Gulf prince (Alexander Siddig). A corporate lawyer (Jeffrey Wright) faces a moral dilemma as he finesses the questionable merger of two powerful U.S. oil companies, while across the globe, a disenfranchised Pakistani teenager (Mazhar Munir) falls prey to the recruiting efforts of a charismatic cleric. Each plays their small part in the vast and complex system that powers the industry, unaware of the explosive impact their lives will have upon the world.

Dove Review

This movie was extremely slow and very difficult to follow. It went back and forth from character to character and was hard to understand how they all intertwined with one another. The story line seemed to be disjointed. It is recommended as the ClearPlay version cleans it up for ages twelve and above. There was some violence although nothing terribly graphic. The only really disturbing image would be the boy floating in the water after being electrocuted, and the implication of a man being tortured by pulling off his finger nails. This was not shown. There was just a little blood shown.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: None
Language: SOB on subtitles.
Violence: Boy electrocuted in pool (dies),man hit with bar, explosion, man being tortured implied (not shown), little blood shown.
Drugs: Drinking shown.
Nudity: None
Other: None


Company: Warner Brothers
Director: Stephen Gaghan
Producer: Jennifer Fox
Genre: Action
Runtime: 126 min.
Reviewer: Hannah Kortz