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. Written by
DIRECTOR TRADEMARK: Characters looking directly into the camera. See more »
In the early scene of Major Marco talking to scouts about his war record, he is asked if he was wounded, and he says that he was, but a close look at his chest shows no Purple Heart among his ribbons. If he was wounded in action, he would have a Purple Heart. He is, however, wearing a Silver Star, which is exceeded only by Distinguished Service Medals from the several military departments and homeland security; service cross medals for Coast Guard, Navy, Air Force, and Army; and the Medal of Honor. See more »
So why don't we just go directly right up in this route, straight in...
Yes, I see the Captain enjoys the road less-traveled.
No, the Captain enjoys not going down the highway, draggin' his ass so every Tom, Dick, Gaddafi can take a whack at it.
See more »
this remake of the 1962 classic leaves a lot to be desired.it doesn't live up to the original.the plot is just too hard to follow,in my opinion.it's not straight forward at all.it's suspenseful and dramatic,but not really all that exciting.i didn't care much about the characters here.in the original,i felt really invested in the characters.it was much more clever,and psychological.Meryl Streep is a fine actress,but the character was played to much better effect by Angela Lansbury in the original.the same can be said of the characters portrayed by Denzel Washington and Liev Schreiber.Sinatra played the same character as Schreiber and Laurence Harvey played the same character as Washington. to be fair,it could be that the characters were written better in the original,which i think is the case.bottom line,this version pales in comparison to the original.my vote for The Manchurian Candidate (2004) is a 5.5/10
8 of 13 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?