Best film of the year: The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

Manchurian Candidate is one of my all time favorite films, so I’ve been equal parts dreading and looking forward to the remake that opened last night.

From the first 10 minutes of the film I could tell this it was going to be good, but I had no idea how good. Now, I’m not saying this is as good as the originalhow could it be without Frank Sinatra’s amazing performancebut this is an amazing film and a worthy remake.

It is also hyper-politically charged. Don’t want to ruin it for you but the tightly-woven story takes place on a masterfully created, yet disturbing, world filled US-based suicide bombings and Halliburton-style companies gone wild.

In other words this is what will happenin the mind of the director at leastif Bush stays in office another four years.

Turns out that Fahrenheit 911 isn’t the biggest anti-Bush film of the seasonthis film is. If any film is going to convince people that we’re on the wrong path this one will.

For me this is the must see film of the summer. Four stars, hands down one of the best films I’ve seen.

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