I saw Syriana when it first came out in December 2009. I was ashamed to admit it, but I never caught on to what was going on. An earlier post revealed they were confused as well and made me realize I was not alone. There are many separate plot lines throughout the movie that the viewer gets tossed in and out of. Just as I was sort of understanding where one plot was headed, the movie switches to another scene from a completely separate plot and I was forced to start the who, what, where and when game all over again.
Because I didn't understand the movie the first time, I didn't feel I was knowledgeable enough to blog about it here. Before watching it again though, I looked up the plot lines in order to give myself some background.
When I watched it again, with context, it made a lot more sense. Obviously I enjoyed it much more this time. I think that I enjoyed it more not only because had a better grasp of what was going on, but I also had more knowledge into the oil background of the movie from this class. The multiple plot lines which involve such a wide range of characters really shows how far reaching oil's influence is. The first time I saw it I felt the multiple story lines were over kill, but now I understand the meaning behind it and can appreciate it.