Reviewed by: David Rettig
Terrorism strikes the heart of the Big Apple in “The Siege” as Muslim fanatics begin a reign of ruin that starts with the exploding of a full transit bus. A U.S. Army General (Bruce Willis), the head of the FBI/NYPD terrorism task force (Denzel Washington), and an underground CIA operative (Annette Bening) combine forces to answer the destruction that seem to come from everywhere without warning. Not afraid of death, the Arabic Muslims attacks strike at something far more precious: the freedom of Americans and the foundations of the republic.
“The Siege” begins slowly and does little to pick up the pace as it proceeds; however the exceptionally strong cast carries the film through the sometimes lackluster moments. There are lots of explosions and, if that is a measure of action films, this is a winner. However, the temp of the film is more reminiscent of a suspense drama but I suspect few people will be surprised by the “surprise ending.” “The Siege” is not a blockbuster, nor terribly original, but did demonstrate the ability for a strong cast to carry a film and to sell tickets.
“The Siege” is rated R for violence, language, and brief nudity. The language was typical for an R rated movie; as always, unnecessary but to attend an R rated movie and not expect language is naive. The brief nudity is male nudity and is momentary. The most disturbing part was the violence, which is extremely graphic! The results of terrorism are horrific and this film does a good job of presenting “shock value” gore that terrorism represents. One can only thank God that we live in a (relatively) safe country and pray that Americans will never suffer the ill effects of violent fanaticism.
All said, “The Siege” was a tad too slow for an action film, a tad too predictable for a suspense film, and a tad too graphic for Christian viewing. Let us pray that God will deliver the Middle East from the grip of terrorism and that the Muslim peoples will come to know salvation through Jesus Christ Our Lord.
** Editor’s Note: “The Siege” has been seen by some to be part of a growing list of films that portray Muslims as radicals. Though the film does make attempt at not portraying all Muslims as radicals, many of us can still be blamed of “guilt by association.” In fact, the vast majority of Muslims are not terrorists or extremists and, as followers of Jesus Christ, we should educate ourselves on the truth.
Why should we pray and act for the suffering church? A message of Christian love from Brother Andrew of Open Doors.