Overall Rank: 3086
Average Rating: 2.7/4
# of Ratings: 135
Theatrical Release Date: 07/30/2004
Genre: Thriller, Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Jonathan Demme
Actors: Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber, Jeffrey Wright, Dorian Missick, Pablo Schreiber, Meryl Streep
Plot: The remake to the 1960's classic, this one focuses on the gulf war and how soldiers are brainwashed to think different and do wrong things.
Quick Movie Reviews
Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 06/07/2019
This modernization of the Cold War-era political thriller resembles the original, while managing to still be tense and shocking.
Snoogans - wrote on 03/25/2012
I've never seen the original. That being said, I only felt this was a decent effort. The film had a menacing tone, the story intrigued me to a point, and I thought the payoff was rewarding. Everything else was decent.
Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/07/2011
A slick remake but it's all bark and no bite. The original works much better and while I appreciate the effort, Demme and co. just don't bring anything new to the table other than updating it to suit the Gulf War. Just an average effort as far as I'm concerned.
Full Movie Reviews
Yojimbo - wrote on 02/27/2012
The captain of a recon patrol which went missing for three days in the deserts of Kuwait begins to question his own memories after a disturbing visit from one of his men. "Remake" is inevitably a dirty word in cinema but Jonathan "Silence Of The Lambs" Demme is no stranger to suspense, which along with a promising cast made this film a rather more interesting propostion than most Hollywood cash cows. In fact Demme's skillful build up of tension combined with Denzel's believable performance as a man who is hallucinating, possibly delusional and questioning his sanity makes for a very intriguing foundation to the story. It also chooses to avoid the usual laziness of most Hollywood thrillers by not including irrelevant gun battles and car chases, and has enough twists and turns to the plot …
Snake Sugarbaker - wrote on 12/11/2009
War sucks, dude. There's no Ricki Lake, never enough peanut butter, and your dick can get shot off. Even worse, the enemy might capture you and brainwash you into thinking that the unpopular coward in your platoon saved your life.
This seems to be the case for Capt. Ben Marco (Denzel Washington) in The Manchurian Candidate. Having recommended Sgt. Raymond Shaw (Liev Schreiber) for a medal of honor because of his supposed heroics during the first Gulf War, Marco even lectures to Boy Scouts that Shaw is "the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being" he's ever known. Marco says nothing however, of his frequent nightmares, which portray Shaw in a much different light--one in which Shaw ain't no hero.
Dismissed until now as effects of Gulf War Syndrome, these nightmares …
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