The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
  • Time: 129 min
  • Genre: Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi
  • Director: Jonathan Demme
  • Cast: Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep, Liev Schreiber


When his army unit was ambushed during the first Gulf War, Sergeant Raymond Shaw saved his fellow soldiers just as his commanding officer, then-Captain Ben Marco, was knocked unconscious. Brokering the incident for political capital, Shaw eventually becomes a vice-presidential nominee, while Marco is haunted by dreams of what happened — or didn’t happen — in Kuwait. As Marco (now a Major) investigates, the story begins to unravel, to the point where he questions if it happened at all. Is it possible the entire unit was kidnapped and brainwashed to believe Shaw is a war hero as part of a plot to seize the White House? Some very powerful people at Manchurian Global corporation appear desperate to stop him from finding out.

One comment

  • This movie can very well fit an 8 rating. It was entertaining, and combined elements of thriller with ‘action’. Throughout the beginning, you think the movie is going to be great. The tension builds up, until they hit you with the strange twist. This somewhat, spoils the movie. That is just temporary. The movie gets better and better, and it wraps you in until the very last minute.

    There was a nice selection of actors for this movie, with Denzel Washington, delivering another great performance. Overall, the acting was good (mind you, that I’m not a super cast critic). The movie had its plot, and it delivered it beautifully with its range of actors.

    The other great thing about this movie, is, strangely, the impact it has. At the end of the movie, I thought to myself “wow, could this really be happening in our world?”. Few movies ever keep you thinking after the credits have rolled.

    Overall, a good movie, which most certainly deserves an 8/10. Recommended to anybody who likes an interesting thriller and wants to be surprised :)!

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