- Release Date: Dec 9, 2005
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Aug 28, 2013This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Earth shattering documentary. Changed some of the fundamental ways I perceive America's role on the world's stage. Adam Curtis has a remarkable way of taking complex modern historical events and making a coherent and ruthless argument for his agenda. This film has had inspired me to continue reading modern political philosophy.… Expand
It is startling that a three-hour film dealing largely with the history of the Middle East should find no time to mention either the Israeli-Palestinian conflict or the role of oil in the region. And it is more than a little unsatisfying to see the complex history of American conservatism reduced to the dreams and schemes of a handful of intellectuals.
A superb, eye-opening and often absurdly funny deconstruction of the myths and realities of global terrorism that is marked by a balance, broadmindedness and sense of historical perspective so absent from many recent political-themed documentaries.
The Power of Nightmares is essentially polemical. As partisan filmmaking it is often brilliant and sometimes hilarious-a superior version of "Syriana" (which also prudently subtracts Israel and the Palestinians from the Middle East equation).