DVD - 2006
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A political thriller which 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, Bob Barnes begins to uncover the disturbing truth about the work to which he has devoted his life. An up-and-coming oil broker, Bryan Woodman faces an unimaginable family tragedy and finds redemption in his partnership with idealistic Gulf Prince Nasir al-Subaai. Corporate lawyer, Bennett Holiday faces a moral dilemma as he finesses the questionable merger of two powerful U.S. oil companies. Across the globe, a disenfranchised Wasim Khan, a Pakistani teenager, falls prey to the recruiting efforts of a charismatic cleric. Each plays their small part in the vast and complex system that powers the oil industry, unaware of the explosive impact their lives will have upon the world.


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Nov 07, 2020

There were so many plots and subplots, parallel stories that one later learns implicated each other and a wide diversity of scenes and a large cast, that its difficult to sort out what it was all about (though perhaps that was the point). The unscrupulousness and viciousness of the people involved, if they are realistic depictions, is so vile that one wonders why those sorts of people are the type that are permitted to get so powerful.

Sep 17, 2019

For years I've been fed up with subtitles. I'd prefer fake accents giving interpretations instead of trying to read at the speed of lightning at too small a print. Everybody's a murderous, greedy crook and not enough explanation is given throughout the entire film to understand what's going on. Each different group needed to wear matching, colored shirts so we could tell who was who. Every government, and the greedy pockets they rub elbows with across the globe is making fast tracks to spend eternity in hell.

Feb 11, 2018

Just okay, a little confusing to me though.

May 21, 2017

Well done movie, although viewers will need some knowledge of the international politics involved in oil production. I loved how it showed the desperate situations of low level oil workers and the circumstances of young men who are moved into terrorism. Middle-Eastern women, however, were peripheral...are they, in reality, so peripheral? It also showed that not every Amir has evil aspirations toward the West. The "deep state" is portrayed in all its bureaucratic immorality.

I give it a teacher's "A" and 4.5 stars.

Dec 17, 2015

This is a movie as appropriate today as it was when it was first viewed - - thanks to hacker groups we know that ISIS web sites are hosted in silicon valley at the company, Cloudflare, and that their Twitter accounts track back to a department within the British government, which when questioned, explained they had sold those accounts the year before to Saudi Arabia. The Americans and Israelis support the Sunni extremists against Assad [Salafists] while the Americans, Saudi Arabians, Turks, Qater and UAE support ISIS also? There appears to be no sanity in this situation, although the Russians bombing the supply lines of ISIS is the ONE action I can agree with!

Dec 17, 2015

Brilliant and prophetic. Should be mandatory veiwing for every American, especially those who would prefer to keep their heads buried in the sand (no pun intended), but cannot thanks to the monstrosity the U.S. helped create called ISIS.

Nov 12, 2015

I found this confusing even with an inkling of the issues. Subtitles were fairly worthless. The 'baddies' on both sides of this issue made me dislike them even more than I already do. Clandestine & dishonest deeds permeate the entirety of the film. We have become a nation of meddlers, greedy, power hungry aggressors. Really a sad commentary on the human condition, religious beliefs with enough brainwashing on all sides. Disturbing.

marswpqp May 22, 2015

Oil is not black gold it's bloody gold.
The movie is near-perfect. In spite of different parallel storylines, all got together in two different sides of a conflict at the scene observing by a drone of approaching ex-CIA agent's car to line of cars of rebel prince and his family.

Mar 22, 2015

I could have really enjoyed this movie if I could have puzzled out what was supposed to be going on except in the individual fragments and miniscule episodes. They were all just great aside from not making any sense in the overall scheme of things, whatever that was. CIA guys trying to kill people, rich wealthy scumballs trying to control countries so they can make more money, private consultants financial advising PHD Emir princes who want to so something or other the others don't want done with Chinese investors. Other fragments also, none of which can be decyphered without the wossname, something-or-other code, DaVinci or some such I'm guessing.

May 10, 2014

This is a 2005 geopolitical thriller written and directed by Stephen Gaghan.
Gaghan's screenplay is loosely adapted from Robert Baer's memoir "See No Evil."
The film focuses on petroleum politics and the global influence of the oil industry, whose political, economic, legal, and social effects are experienced by a Central Intelligence Agency operative (George Clooney), an energy analyst (Matt Damon), a Washington, D.C., attorney (Jeffrey Wright), and a young unemployed Pakistani migrant worker (Mazhar Munir) in an Arab state in the Persian Gulf.
Although it tackles a challenging theme, numerous stories confuse me.
It was almost impossible to follow the plot.
I was lost without a clear understanding of what precisely is going on.
The film is indeed confucing simply because multiple and parallel storylines frequently jump from one location to another among Texas, Washington D.C., Switzerland, Spain, and the Middle East.

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Feb 11, 2018

Bryan Woodman: But what do you need a financial advisor for? Twenty years ago you had the highest Gross National Product in the world, now you're tied with Albania. Your second largest export is secondhand goods, closely followed by dates which you're losing five cents a pound on... You know what the business community thinks of you? They think that a hundred years ago you were living in tents out here in the desert chopping each other's heads off and that's where you'll be in another hundred years, so, yes, on behalf of my firm I accept your money.

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