The Manchurian Candidate

2006-03-30 12:47


Captain Bennett Marco (Denzel Washington) and Sgt. Raymond Shaw (Liev Schreiber) served together during the first Gulf War, and were part of a platoon of U.S. soldiers who were kidnapped by the enemy, and brainwashed to become pawns once they returned home.

Now, ten years later, Raymond Shaw is climbing the political ladder with the help of his mother's (Meryl Streep) new husband, a powerful senator. Marco, however, is not dealing with the adjustment after the war as well, and eventually remembers being brainwashed.

Knowing that it's just a matter of time before Shaw is called to service by his handler, Marco contacts Shaw to try to get through to him before something terrible happens...

What the critics are saying:

"...this idea feels up-to-date but not very daring. Like your dad trying to be rebellious, The Manchurian Candidate is admirable but never cool."
- Nev Pierce, BBCi Film

"Jonathan Demme, updating John Frankenheimer's classic exercise in cold war liberal paranoia, has made a witty, anxious thriller for a new age of political uncertainty."
- A.O. Scott, The New York Times

"Lacks some of the heart and soul of the original, but it still manages to be entertaining thanks in large part to the talents of Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep and Liev Schreiber."
- Paul Clinton, CNN

A well-heeled remake of the classic 1962 film, Jonathan Demme's new version plays as more of a straight faced thriller than a political satire. The excellent cast and attention to detail make it compelling and worthwhile, but it never looks like surpassing the original.

Euan 2004/12/16 8:15 PM
Oscar Winning Performances. I can't remember when last a movie had such a powerful physical effect on me. It took hours for me to get back to normal. I thought that Meryl Streep's acting was arguably the best work she's ever done ... spine chillingly brilliant. I have not seen the original, so have no comparison to make. However, I don't se how it could have been better than this version. Bride & Prejudice.
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