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
Karen Eiler <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Bruce Willis was welcomed to the Pentagon where he received a crash course in briefings and information that, while unclassified, did give him a sense of what General Devereaux would deal with, both in general, and in the event of a major national crisis. See more »
General Devereaux mentions the M16-A1 assault rifle when he should have said the M16-A2 See more »
Anthony 'Hub' Hubbard:
[conversing with Elise]
You think I want to lose them? You think I'm in the losing people business, huh? If I don't take them out properly, they hit the streets in two hours! I don't care if I find semtex, plutonium, dynamite; self-lighting charcoal briquettes! Without the right warrant, they walk.
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Some post-2001 versions have the World Trade Center digitally removed from the New York skyline. See more »
It might not qualify as a masterpiece, but this film is so criminally underrated I just had to write this short review. The Siege is a dark, sadly prophetic, gripping thriller with an amazing cast. For reasons I will never understand this film was accused of having a racist message (probably by people who hadn't even seen it) although its intention very clearly is to convey anything but. But check it out for yourself; Denzel Washington and Bruce Willis are so good in this that their performances alone already make the film worthwhile. 8 stars out of 10.
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