The Manchurian Candidate (2004) Movie Review Summary

Actors: Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep

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Ben Marco (Washington), a veteran of the first Gulf War, learns that some of the men under his command suffer from similar recurrent nightmares. His suspicions grow that something was done to all of them, and that the story of a subordinate, Raymond Shaw (Schreiber), who won the Medal of Honor during action which injured Marco and others, may not be what they all thought it was. By this time Raymond, whose mother Eleanor (Streep) is a member of the U.S. Congress, is running for Vice President. Marco is determined to get to the bottom of what looks like an elaborate plot ultimately to place a brainwashed man in the White House. This 2004 summer blockbuster is a remake of the 1962 John Frankenheimer classic, in which the Chinese Communists were the enemy (although an evil corporation, not the communists, are the enemy in this film).
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The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

Major Bennett Marco (Denzel Washington) is a career soldier who fought in Desert Storm and returns with a diagnosis of fatigue syndrome but suspects something else has occured to give him severe mightmares and recurring dreams. He is distressed to find a former buddy (Squad Sergeant Raymond Shaw) is running for Vice-President and is determined to find out why he does not trust Shaw.
His perserverence leads him to suspect he and the other members of his squad were "brainwashed" while overseas but does not know who has done this to him or why.

The review of this Movie prepared by dena farquharson

Script Analysis of The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30% Time/Era of Movie:    -   present 2000+ Spying & Terrorists    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   finding an assassin Amnesia story    -   Yes The terrorist enemy is...    -   businessmen (the #1 enemy in Hollywood films)

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   infantry soldier Age:    -   40's-50's Has special powers?    -   Yes Magical/mental powers of main character:    -   mind control Nudity    -   Chest Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Black (American)


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York Misc setting    -   fancy mansion    -   resort/hotel    -   fort/military installation    -   scientific labs

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately messy visuals of dead Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes Kind of violence:    -   air battles    -   land battles    -   hand to hand    -   guns    -   knives Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--bullets    -   perforation--swords/knives Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing Lot of special effects?    -   Yes Is this movie based on a    -   book

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