Manchurian Candidate, The (2004)
Manchurian Candidate, The (2004) Genre(s): Sci-Fi | Thriller

Directed by: Jonathan Demme

Starring: Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep, Liev Schrieber, Jeffrey Wright, Kimberly Elise, Jon Voight

Synopsis: Major Marco has been plagued by nightmares ever since his return from the Gulf War and he is determined to find out if they are based on fact or fiction.

See also: The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

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Newt's movie review

OK, the synopsis is lifted from Ripley's synopsis of the original, but hey, it's a remake; it seemed fitting.

Streep was excellent as the domineering senator mother and stole each scene she was in, but the screenwriting really let her down about two-thirds of the way through. Of course, it let down everyone at about that point. I got bored, the tale was obvious, and the movie was just way too long. It is unfortunate for Streep because she shone powerfully here.

Added 22 January 2005 at 5:38 PM
Ripley's movie review

So... they needed four more songs to fill out the soundtrack? That's the only excuse I can come up with for the opening credits scenes.

I understand that some aspects of the story had to be changed in order to update it. But I don't understand why they changed others. Like the ending or the scene that shocked me in the original. They completely wimped out on that in this remake. Streep was fine but not nearly as chilling as Lansbury, Schrieber was good, and Washington was ok. It wasn't terrible, just not nearly as good as the original.

Added 02 September 2005 at 6:26 PM

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