Rights Out

Freedoms and order are at odds in the provocative Siege

Long before its release the film drew loud protests from the Arab-American community, and though its political heart is in the right place, it isn't always as sensitive as it could be; still, compared to Hollywood's usual treatment of Arabs -- exemplified by movies such as True Lies and Into the Night -- The Siege comes off downright progressive.

Whatever its failings, the film is a more earnest attempt at using the thriller format to convey patriotic ideals than we're accustomed to seeing from Hollywood. Too bad that its arguments aren't more convincing.

The Siege
Rated R.
Directed by Edward Zwick. With Denzel Washington, Annette Bening, Bruce Willis and Tony Shalhoub.

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