Source: Catholic News Service
Intermittently engaging but mostly confusing political thriller which explores corruption in the international oil industry through a mosaic of interlocking stories involving: a veteran CIA operative (George Clooney); a reform-minded Arab sheik (Alexander Siddig); an energy analyst (Matt Damon) grieving the death of his son, and a Washington lawyer (Jeffrey Wright), hired to facilitate a shady merger between two Texas oil giants. Directed with unvarnished realism by Stephen Gaghan, the well-acted film touches on important moral questions about the global pursuit of wealth, but strains for narrative coherence under the weight of its convoluted multiple plots. Strong violence, including a graphic scene of torture, and some rough language and profanity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.
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