As the entire nation watches the presidential campaign hurtle towards Election Day, one soldier races to uncover the conspiracy behind it a conspiracy that seeks to destroy democracy itself.U.S. Army Major Bennett Marco (Denzel Washington) can't sleep at night and he doesn't want to. Marco spends his days giving inspiring speeches about his platoon's ambush in the Kuwaiti desert and the heroics of Sergeant Raymond Shaw (Liev Schreiber) who won the Medal of Honor for saving Marco's crew. But at night, Marco's dreamlike memories of the desert turn sinister and terrifying. And Marco privately wonders whether the two soldiers who died in the firefight might have met darker fates than officially recorded and whether Shaw might not be the glorious hero that everyone thinks he is.When Shaw takes the national stage as a surefire candidate for vice president under the thumb of his controversial mother, Senator Eleanor Prentiss Shaw (Meryl Streep) Marco is forced to act on his growing suspicions. With military officials questioning his sanity, and the net of security tightening around Shaw, Marco races to probe deeper into the unimaginable, shocking truth before the White House is won.
This is a Region 4 disc, the local region for Australia.
English Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Commentary by Director Jonathan Demme and Screenplay Co-Writer Daniel Pyne, The Enemy Within: The Manchurian Candidate, The Cast of The Manchurian Candidate, 5 Deleted/Extended Scenes with optional Commentary, Outtakes with optional Commentary, Liev Schreiber Screen Test, Political Pundits with optional Commentary
Supposedly this does not match up to the original classic, but if you haven't seen the older version of this, this movie is very intriguing and entertaining. Densel and Liev play their parts very well as the search for truth is played out in a gruesome and subversive mystery that unfolds into a corporate and political conspiracy that could never be imagined. This movie is a great suspense thriller and worth seeing...
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.
Boy, if you thought that Meryl Streep was a meanie in 2006's The Devil Wears Prada, she took mean to the extreme in 2004's The Manchurian Candidate.
A bit too far-fetched at times, The Manchurian Candidate still delivers a 2+ hour, twist filled thriller. I am surprised that Director Jonathan Demme didn't keep a better hold on reality with his great track record for doing so in movies like Silence Of The Lambs and Philadelphia under his belt.
Credibility gets a bit lost in The Manchurian Candidate by the suggestion that access to a vice presidential candidate would be so easy in order to execute the evil deeds that need to be done by his conspirators. Even more ridiculous is the notion that a vice presidential candidate could escape surveillance in order to commit heinous crimes...let's say for example...a double-murder.
Regardless of the sensational conspiracy, the movie is quite entertaining. Good story. Good story-flow. Good actors. Meryl Streep does a terrific Mommy Dearest. Denzel Washington is, as always, on target. And Liev Schreiber plays a zombie well.
I went into this not expecting a lot, except for a serviceable performance by Denzel Washington. It was actually quite good, tense, atmospheric, and creepy, as you slowly realised what the conspirators were up to, and what lengths they would go to. Mind control implants, very nasty indeed. A brave soldier with some help from a federal agent must try to stop it, and give a young politician a chance at redemption.
uh yeah a pretty good remake really but still i dont know. the original is a classic and this newly glossed up version is made very well by johnathon demme although the neutral angles get a little annoying at some times as their main effect doesnt really pay off. overall though an ok movie which is very predictable but still ok, i guess.
I originally wasn't keen to see this purely because it was a remake of the great 1962 film starring Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey & Angela Lansbury. However, updating the premise to the Gulf War, it is very, very good. Denzel and Schreiber are excellent. Meryl Streep is over the top, but the film is tense... a great watch...
Denzel Washington reprises the main role in this remake of this classic. I appreciate a good update of a film, but this one isn't as emotionally involving as the original. Still its likely to appeal to many, it is shiny and new after all, and the scenes are bigger and better produced. But that doesn't necessarily make a better movie version. Still excellent though.
While there is nothing really wrong with the updating of the Manchurian Candidate, it never really feels right. The cold war story has been relocated to the present day, post Gulf-War with shadowy multinational corporations the villains. Its reasonably well made but the real problem is it doesn't compare to the original film. It remains powerful today this version never becomes more than interesting.
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