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Syriana

Stephen Gaghan (screenwriter of Traffic) wrote and directed this contemporary geopolitical thriller weaving together several tense storylines. A CIA operative (George Clooney) hunts down a missing missile, an up-and-coming oil broker (Matt Damon) faces an unimaginable personal tragedy, a corporate lawyer (Jeffrey Wright) helps merge two U.S. oil giants and a Pakistani teenager (Mazhar Munir) falls under the spell of a charismatic cleric. The film is actually a smart, well-acted glimpse into today's global oil economy, but Gaghan keeps the complex, character-heavy proceedings a bit too somber and impersonal. 126 minutes R.