Directed by: Jonathan Demme
Starring: Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep,
Liev Schreiber, Jon
Released by: Paramount Pictures
Short: Far fetched but plausible—and
interesting timing. This thriller is sure to keep
you on the edge of your seat, especially as the last
20 minutes mount into a crescendo.
Unbelievable, Now Plausible
A political thriller for the political season. It' s not by chance
that the release date for "The Manchurian Candidate"
coincided with the Democratic National Convention. There are
no coincidences in Hollywood. This updated version of the 1962
classic stars Denzel Washington as U.S. Army Major Bennett Marco
(a man suspicious of the goings on in the White House) in the
role originally played by Frank Sinatra.
The film reunites Washington with director Jonathan Demme, who snagged
an Academy Award on their "Philadelphia" collaboration.
Demme, who is no stranger to creepy characters (we all remember
Hannibal Lecter), does his best at showing us the ghoulish goons
pulling the strings at the White House.
the film the enemy is Manchurian Global, a monolithic corporation
that wants to control the government by putting its own custom-made
vice president, convincingly played by Liev Schreiber, into
office. Enter Meryl Streep, whose intoxicating portrayal of
the soon to be VP's controlling, whacked out senator/stage mom,
is sure to be remembered come Oscar time...and then of course
there's Mr. Washington who, brilliantly and ever so effortlessly,
takes the viewers inside his dark, paranoid world of confusion...which
we soon discover is the result of his having been brainwashed.
Jon Voight rounds out the illustrious cast as the good-guy politician.
Good guys and politics don't mix...at least not in this flick.
Manchurian Candidate" wins our vote, as does Demme, whose
sense of intrigue and suspense makes this remake one of the
most frightening non-horror genre films we have seen. The story
may be far-fetched, but in this day and age it's very plausible.