Thursday, 2 April 2009

The Manchurian Candidate,

Last night I concentrated on the 2004 edition of the Manchurian Candidate which was as good as the 1962 first edition. The 1962 was based on the Korean War and cold war politics surrounding the Presidential elections. It was the first political conspiratorial thriller after World War Two and unlike many films which attempt to forecast the power of states using the latest knowledge and technology it provide excellent and thought proving entertainment still. The film features Frank Sinatra and Laurence Harvey as two solders brainwashed by the communist as sleepers to be used in the future, because one is the son of a powerful political family led by Angela Landsbury.

The 2004 version uses the first Gulf War, the reality that international corporation now believe they are more important than individual government and the politically ambitious power hundred mother played by Meryl Streep, Denziel Washington plays the Sinatra role and interestingly a co-producer on the film is Tina Sinatra. I was entertained and found the story creditable given the assassinations and tie-ins between organised crime and international corporations and politics in the USA. The clever switch in the film was to make the name of the international company the Manchurian!

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