After the abduction by the US military of an Islamic religious leader, New York City becomes the target of escalating terrorist attacks. Anthony Hubbard, the head of the FBI's Counter-Terrorism Task Force in New York, teams up with CIA operative Elise Kraft to hunt down the terrorist cells responsible for the attacks. As the bombings continue, the US government responds by declaring martial law, sending US troops, led by Gen. Devereaux, into the streets of New York City. Written by
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In several scene General William Devereaux is seen not wearing U.S. Army General uniform, instead he's seen wearing ordinary jacket and tie suit. It is revealed that General Devereaux is actually holding a position in the president's cabinet while retaining his Army commission as a major general, possibly national security advisor or white house chief of staff. This resembled to Alexander Haig who was Richard Nixon Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and later white house chief of staff while retaining his General ranks in the army or Colin Powell who was Ronald Reagan's national security advisor while also retaining his General ranks in the army and later known as "political general". See more »
At the end when Sharon and Samir are in the bathhouse, Samir removes a towel from a clay pot and sets it on the floor in order to remove the bomb. As he does so he knocks over a brass jug. Throughout the rest of the scene the jug is upright even though no-one touched it. See more »
You don't fight a junkyard dog with ASPCA rules. What you do is you take the leash off your bigger, meaner dog.
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I remember hearing about this film before its release. It had caught a great deal of flack for its use of Arabs and Muslims in particular as violent extremists. Even at that time I knew that the protests against this film were nothing more than politically correct nonsense, as even then the only trans-oceanic terrorists that existed were of the fake-Muslim variety that today we hear about every hour.
When I saw the film, I was impressed by the fair nature of the film, in that it portrayed the truth: these extremists exist in the overwhelming minority of Muslims, and that it is unwise and unfair to paint them all with the same brush. With a very good script, excellent performances and exciting action pieces, I was impressed.
Jump ahead a few years, and we see what we have learned. This film was not just an intelligent story. It was a warning sign. It examined things that people did not want to talk about. It examined things that people thought it more politically correct to ignore. It portrayed events realistically and in fact far less devastating than what was possible. If there is one thing that can be learned by examining a film such as this in retrospective of recent events, it is that our species chooses to ignore that which it does not want to accept.
Those who do not learn from their history are doomed to repeat it. Perhaps there are other subjects we should stop being so PC about and actually talk about instead of worrying about "how it will look."
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