Manchurian Candidate (the)
John Frankenheimer's 1962 Manchurian Candidate is a classic political satire that needed no remake. But director Jonathan Demme creates a mesmerizing mind-teaser from the original 1959 novel. This time, the menace is mind-control that powerful corporations exert in the Halliburton-Tyco-Enron era. With an assassin holed up at a political convention, the climax couldn't be timelier.
Denzel Washington has Sinatra's 1962 role of Ben Marco, who this time is a Gulf War veteran haunted by combat nightmares, and worried that New York congressman Raymond Shaw (Schreiber), a heroic sergeant from his platoon, might in fact be a pawn, a sleeper whom mind-controllers want in the White House. When Raymond's senator mother, Eleanor Shaw (Streep), ramrods Raymond in as the vice-presidential nominee, tension mounts.
All hell breaks loose as Demme catches the audience in a vise of churning suspense and corrosive wit. And in an odd twist, this riveting film also has an upbeat ending that keep it in the shadow of its predecessor.
Richard Condon (novel); Daniel Pyne and Dear Gregoris, screenplay
Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep, Liev Scheiber, Kimberly Elise, Jon Voight
Manchurian, sleeper, conspiracy to overthrow President
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