||15 in UK
||George Clooney, Matt Damon, Jeffrey Wright, Mazhar Munir, Christopher Plummer, Chris Cooper, Amanda Peet, William Hurt, Mark Strong.
|Source of story
||Book by Robert Baer
||A multi-stranded tale involving the US oil industry, the CIA and middle eastern potentates. There is an amalgamation of two oil companies making workers redundant and radicalising them and a change of allegiance from the Americans to the Chinese, making the CIA keen to redress the balance. The strands come together in a dramatic climax.
||Lots of people in suits talking, meetings in darkened rooms. Some torture, some explosions. The death of one child due to electrocution.
||This is a complex story which takes a lot of watching, and some of it is quite difficult to follow, however as we move towards the climax it begins to make sense. Although I am a bit of a fan of conspiracy stories I did not really buy this one. It smacked of 19th century gunboat diplomacy. George Clooney won a “Best Supporting Actor” Oscar.