The Siege

Release Date: 
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
On Blu-Ray: 
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Running Time: 
116 minutes

I hadn’t watched The Siege since before 9/11 (it was released in 1998), and my only memories of the film were that it had seemed insanely overdone and that Bruce Willis’s character was a complete ass.  Seeing it post-9/11, the film still seems over-the top and too slick for its own good, but the parallels to 9/11 and its aftermath with the raging debates over civil liberties and torture were jarring.  Denzel Washington’s character resonated much more for me this time around, as did Tony Shalhoub’s (excellent performances by both).  Annette Bening’s CIA agent bothered me because she is all over the map with her motivations and she is too unsympathetic a character to be so ambiguous.  Oh, and Major General Devereaux, played by Bruce Willis, is still a total ass, so much so that it weakens the film’s message, I think.  The Siege is not a great film by any stretch of the imagination, with its boilerplate political thriller con