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The Siege (1998)

(R) 116 mins

Synopsis: When a bus blows up in Brooklyn and a campaign of terror begins to make its bloody mark on the streets of New York City, the men and women who have sworn to protect the country must now reckon with the many implications of their oath.

Starring: Denzel WashingtonBruce Willis

Supporting actors: Peter SchindlerAnnette Bening

Directed by: Edward Zwick

Studio: 20th Century Fox

Writers: Lawrence Wright (story & screenplay), Menno Meyjes (screenplay), Edward Zwick (screenplay)

Serious Jest:  (Must See)  3 years before terrorists flew planes into the Twin Towers, this film explored the implications of major terrorist attacks on New York, and the ensuing balancing act between civil liberties and security…and successfully targeted many of the controversial issues that would later seize our Nation after September 11, 2001…while packaging them in an interesting and entertaining story.  A few times, the interplay between some of the characters was melodramatic and cliche in the typical 90s way, but it was forgivable in light of all of the other things the film did right.  This is a good movie to watch with someone whose opinions you respect, as you may very well want to discuss it afterward.

About Serious Jest

Film & TV Reviewer by Choice, Attorney at Law, Marine to the Corps (excuse the pun), Nupe Under Pressure, and MC by Nature

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