Compelling and deeply disturbing. show more
The situation in The Situation is grimly photogenic, yet persistently opaque. show more
The Situation deserves credit for not trying to reduce the events in Iraq to facile equations. There is corruption and cynicism on all sides: the U.S. diplomats and military, the Sunni leaders, the thugs in cop uniforms, the local powerbrokers. show more
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Dealing head-on with Bushs War with Samarra-set political thriller dissects Iraqi unrest and nails the neocons, The Situation, Philip Haass deftly paced, well-written, and brilliantly infuriating Iraq War thriller is not only the strongest of recent geopolitical hotspot flicks but one that has been designed for maximal agitation. This is the first fictional film of note to treat the conflict, and as such, it is filled with echoes of Vietnam (and Vietnam-era) movies. Haass Baghdad certainly doesnt look like Saigon but it has a sickeningly familiar feel. The Situation makes apparent how pitifully unintended and irrevocable those consequences are.