When a dirty bomb is believed on the way to New York, martial law is imposed and the commanding General turns Queens into a detention camp. As panic and outrage set in, two FBI agents partner with a CIA operative in hopes of saving everyone.
Denzel Washington (Hubbard), Annette Bening (Elise/Sharon), Bruce Willis (Gen. Devereaux), Tony Shalhoub (Frank Haddad), Sami Bouajila (Samir), Ahmed Ben Larby (Sheik Talal), Mark Valley (Johanssen), Lianna Pai (Tina).
The Siege starts off with some extensive military oriented background which sets up the rest of the film nicely. As the plot evolves the espionage twists and turns develop some good suspense and mystery while accelerating the pace at the same time. Humanity and morality play a big part in the impact of the film but sadly, the end of the film is something of a non-event and leaves us hanging a bit.
Acting was pretty good with Washington delivering his usual. Bening did very well in her role, delivering good energy and emotion throughout. Willis was okay but felt a bit dry much of the time. Shalhoub was a nice addition and the remainder of the cast supported well.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were very well done and the film apparently had a good sized budget. Effects were well done and on an impressive scale at times. Dialogue was good and moved the story along well. Sound and soundtrack were both good.
Overall The Siege is one that espionage, military, and political fans will probably enjoy quite a bit. With good quality from most every technical aspect this is one well worth watching.
With foul language, persistent violence, nudity including sexuality, adult themes and activity, and torture save this one for adults and above.
The Siege is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 4 out of 5
copyright ©2012 Dave Riedel
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