Syriana [WS] [DVD] [2005]

  • SKU: 7819113
  • Release Date: 06/20/2006
  • Rating: R
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Overall Customer Rating:
80% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4 out of 5)

Special Features

  • Additional scenes
  • A conversation with George Clooney
  • Make a Change, Make a Difference
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Closed Captioned


Oil drives greed in Oscar-winning Traffic screenwriter Stephen Gaghan's labyrinthine sophomore directorial effort that traces the corruption of the global oil industry from the backrooms of Washington, D.C., to the petroleum-rich fields of the Middle East. Based in part on the writings of former CIA case officer Robert Baer, Syriana combines multiple storylines to explore the complexities that befall a proposed merger between two U.S. oil giants. Reform-minded Gulf country prince Nasir (Alexander Siddig) is in favor of making his nation more self-sufficient rather than U.S.-reliant, and his money-minded Western connections couldn't be less pleased. Before settling into a cushy desk job for the remainder of his career, CIA agent Bob Barnes (George Clooney) is sent on one last assignment -- to assassinate Prince Nasir and reinstate U.S. ties in the oil-rich region. Though his loyalty dictates that Barnes carry out his current mission despite lingering doubts of a previous blunder, his mission goes horribly awry when his field contact goes turncoat and Barnes becomes a CIA scapegoat. Meanwhile, up-and-coming Washington attorney Bennett Holiday (Jeffrey Wright) attempts to walk a fine line in overseeing a tenuous merger between two oil giants that's plagued with shady business dealings. Hotshot energy analyst Bryan Woodman (Matt Damon) is in talks to form a lucrative partnership with Prince Nasir, though the death of his son during a party at the prince's estate makes him question his loyalty to business over family. Back in Washington, D.C., Bennet's boss Dean Whiting attempts to undermine Prince Nasir's attempts to make his country less reliant on the U.S. dollar by planting the seeds of dissonance between the progressive prince and his money-minded younger brother Prince Meshal (Akbar Kurtha). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • George Clooney
    George Clooney - Bob Barnes
  • Matt Damon
    Matt Damon - Bryan Woodman
  • Jeffrey Wright
    Jeffrey Wright - Bennett Holiday
  • Chris Cooper
    Chris Cooper - Jimmy Pope
  • William Hurt
    William Hurt - Stan Goff

Overall customer rating

would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


    • Top 50 ContributorTop 50 Contributor

    Syriana is about big oil companies, greed , terrorism and the shadyness that revolves around Middle Eastern government's control of most oil companies. This movie was absolutely amazing. I thought George Clooney did an outstanding job as Bob Barnes and the Academy Award he earned for the part was well chosen. Matt Damon also does a good job as well. From start to finish you never lose interest at all in what's going on. I would recommend this movie to just about everyone I know.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good. but not amazing


    Syriana is another Clooney film that deals with oil and money, th Gulf states, revenge, betrayal, rivalry and many other aspects of the tradew work. The film is not Clooney's best but individual scenes have focus and power, but the film's overall drift stands apart from them. Overall its a good film that i would recommend to someone who can stand not knowing everything right away but waiting for the story to unwind.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Really good movie

    • Top 50 ContributorTop 50 Contributor

    Syriana deals with corrupt oil companies and corrupt governments. The plot is great and the cast is good too. George Clooney does a great job in his Academy Award winning performance. Matt Damon does a really good job too. Excellent movie. One of the most underrated movies in recent years.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Ok Movie


    When I saw this great cast I was hoping for a really good movie but I was disappointed. I think that it could have been better.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Well written movie with an intricate plot

    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Great incisive look at how seemingly insignificant events can shape the global chaos we experience on a daily basis.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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