The Siege

The Siege is about Arab terrorist
operating in New York City

Once again I was greatly surprised with a movie. When I first saw previews of The Siege, I was mildly interested by the plot. On a whim I decided to purchase it. I am very glad that I did.

The Siege is about Arab terrorist operating in New York City. The terrorist activities become so pronounced that the Army is asked to declare marshall law in Brooklyn. Interrogation centers are set up, curfews are imposed and people are marched away without due process. At the center of The Siege are characters well played by a very talented cast. The lead FBI agent is portrayed by Denzel Washington, an actor that has repeatedly showed a depth of talent rarely found among today's stars. Working on the central case is a CIA operative, Annette Bening.

She gives new meaning to how a more mature actress can make the screen smolder with a glance, a word or a movement! When she is on the screen she commands attention and gets it. Added to this mix is the general in charge of the domestic military take over, Bruce Willis. His role here is less than most movies he is in and far more sedate. Add to this an excellent cast of supporting and character actors and you have two hours of pure enjoyment. The director Edward Zwick is worth watching in the future.

The DVD is well worth the price. The picture is crisp and clear. The sound, well the sound is so well done you will feel that you are in the action. The balance of the surround field is worth an Oscar for the Sound director. Sounds come from all speakers in a montage of voices and background sound. The explosions, (yes there is a bit of action in this flick) don't overwhelm the sub woofer as so many DVD do. Rather it rumbles across the room in an almost visceral manner. Features are not to be found here. You also have to put up with the multi-lingual warnings found in too many DVDs today. The Siege is truly the thinking persons action movie.

Review by Doug MacLean of

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