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  • Summary: Combining elements of thriller, romance, and war movie, The Situation, set exclusively in Iraq, dramatizes one of the countless human stories that lie behind the headlines of the current war. (Shadow Distribution)
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. 75
    The Situation is written by Wendell Steavenson, a reporter who served in Iraq, as a work of fiction. Its best quality is that the situation in Iraq appears to be sadly realistic.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    75
    While not easy to watch, and at times even harder to follow, Haas' film is an important attempt to accurately capture the confusing reality of contemporary Iraq.
  3. 70
    The Situation, Philip Haas's deftly paced, well-written, and brilliantly infuriating Iraq War thriller is not only the strongest of recent geopolitical hotspot flicks but one that has been designed for maximal agitation.
  4. 50
    Dividing its loyalties between documentary and fictional narrative, it lacks the advantages of belonging to either side.
  5. The Situation is, to put it kindly, a spotty piece of work. The script is by Wendell Steavenson, a reporter who seems to know everything about Iraq and next to nothing about screenwriting. The dialogue is flat, and the actors almost never rise above it.
  6. Part war drama, part political thriller, part romance -- and wholly uninvolving.
  7. Exploitation cinema of the most narcoleptic kind.

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