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The Manchurian Candidate 2004 123movies

The Manchurian Candidate 2004 123movies

Everything is under control.Jul. 30, 2004129 Min.
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Watch: The Manchurian Candidate 2004 123movies, Full Movie Online – When his army unit was ambushed during the first Gulf War, Sergeant Raymond Shaw saved his fellow soldiers just as his commanding officer, then-Captain Ben Marco, was knocked unconscious. Brokering the incident for political capital, Shaw eventually becomes a vice-presidential nominee, while Marco is haunted by dreams of what happened — or didn’t happen — in Kuwait. As Marco (now a Major) investigates, the story begins to unravel, to the point where he questions if it happened at all. Is it possible the entire unit was kidnapped and brainwashed to believe Shaw is a war hero as part of a plot to seize the White House? Some very powerful people at Manchurian Global corporation appear desperate to stop him from finding out..
Plot: Years after his squad was ambushed during the Gulf War, Major Ben Marco finds himself having terrible nightmares. He begins to doubt that his fellow squad-mate Sergeant Raymond Shaw, now a vice-presidential candidate, is the hero he remembers him being. As Marco’s doubts deepen, Shaw’s political power grows, and, when Marco finds a mysterious implant embedded in his back, the memory of what really happened begins to return.
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Brain dead
One of the finest political satires ever written, Richard Condon’s ‘The Manchurian Candidate’ is a Trojan Horse of a novel, its purpose hidden within the artifice of a meticulously constructed thriller.

Condon chronicles the odyssey of Major Marco, a Korean War veteran who believes that his life, and the lives of his comrades, were saved by Sergeant Shaw in an act of bravery that has, quite properly, made Shaw an All American Hero.

But because bizarre nightmares increasingly suggest that Marco’s memory plays him false, he sets out to discover the truth, contending with the fact that Shaw is the step-son of a political puppet whose strings are controlled by Shaw’s power-crazed mother.

Shaw, it eventually transpires, has been brainwashed by the Chinese Communists in Manchuria. So have the rest of the unit. The brainwashing was carried out to equip the Communists with a means to one day take over America. Shaw, the ultimate sleeper-assassin, will gun down a presidential candidate. His step-father, the vice-presidential nominee, will make an emotional speech blaming Communism. The speech will fuel a Rightwing backlash that will sweep him and Shaw’s mother into The White House.

Fortunately, Major Marco unravels the Manchurian plot. And poor tortured Shaw finally understands that he has been manipulated, hypnotised, and conditioned to such extent that he no longer has the capacity to exercise freedom of choice.

Condon’s message is clear.

Politicians will sacrifice any principle in the pursuit of success. But being fundamentally stupid, politicians are ignorant of the dangers their stupidity invites. So those dangers are instead perceived – but shrugged aside — by shadowy figures who exist behind the politicians, puppet-masters to whom any ideology is worthy of cosmetic embrace so long as it enables them to satisfy their own monstrous vanity.

Thus, the idiot that is Shaw’s step-father. Thus, the monster that is Shaw’s mother. Thus, Shaw himself, not The All American Hero, but the heroic All American Electorate, sleep-walking its way towards the destruction of everything it once held dear.

An America that could produce a writer like Condon and a book like ‘The Manchurian Candidate’ is America at its best, for such a novelist, and such a novel, could only have sprung from a society with the wit to think, the vision to see, and the ability to reason.

An America that could render Condon’s masterpiece so beautifully on screen is also America at its best, for in the hands of director John Frankenheimer and legendary screenwriter George Axelrod, and with powerhouse performances by Frank Sinatra as Marco, Laurence Harvey as Shaw, Angela Lansbury as Shaw’s mother and James Gregory as the deranged politician, ‘The Manchurian Candidate’ of 1962 was, and so remains, movie-making at its finest.

And now we have “The Manchurian Candidate” version two.

And director Jonathan Demme and screenwriters Daniel Pyne and Dean Georgaris.

And it is not merely that this is very possibly the worst American film of living memory, a cheap conceit so utterly defeated by the consequences of its own larceny that the incoherence of its narrative is matched only by the ineptitude of its writing and direction.

No. What’s worse is that we have something that actually got made. In America. And seems actually to have been liked by a large section of the audience. In America.

Gone from Manchurian 2 is the politician made to dance by a master behind the scenes. Gone, therefore, is the puppet master, leaving Shaw’s mother with no rational explanation for her actions. Gone, too, is Shaw the tortured Everyman, and with him the entire point of the original fable. Instead, and in so complete a misapprehension of character and purpose that it’s no wonder Denzil Washington looks confused throughout, Marco assumes the assassin’s role.

Finally, gone is Manchuria, and Communism, the devices – which is all they were: ‘The Manchurian Candidate’ is no more about the Cold War and Communism than ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ is about foreign holidays – the devices via which Condon warned of the dangers to liberty that await when individuals are so manipulated that they bring upon themselves the very fate they’ve been most anxious to avoid.

But because the purpose of Manchurian 2 is to profit from Manchurian 1 the makers can’t actually junk that, so produce in its stead The Manchurian Something or Other Corporation, run by The Most Powerful People In The World, employing A Mad Scientist from South Africa. . .

Manchurian 2 isn’t the first case of moronic movie-making. And it certainly won’t be the last. But it certainly ranks high amongst the most dishonest, and disturbingly so because it begs the question: if rubbish like this can be made in America today, what’s next?

“Catch 22” as a cop thriller about baseball? How about “MASH” then, the tale of a potato grower taken over by aliens? “Nashville”? A private eye who composes country music in between solving murders.

Never mind the talent that conceived and the intellect that drove those originals. And never mind the stories, either: those plots, they’re all much, much too deep for today’s movie-goers.

Let’s just take the title instead. Pretend it’s a remake. Then sit back and let the money roll in from an audience whose collective brain has been so conditioned by the mind-numbing pap of so much in contemporary culture that it can no longer tell the difference between what’s good and what’s bad, what’s valuable and what’s worthless.

In which respect then, maybe Demme, Pyne and Georgaris have bettered the stellar combination of Condon, Frankenheimer and Axelrod.

They’ve shown that Raymond Shaw is no longer a fictional character way out in a mythical Communist China, but a real live brain-dead human being now being serially replicated to the point that it’s sitting in a movie theatre near you. . .

Review By: Critical Eye UK

Other Information:

Original Title The Manchurian Candidate
Release Date 2004-07-30
Release Year 2004

Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 9 min (129 min)
Budget 80000000
Revenue 96105964
Status Released
Rated R
Genre Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Director Jonathan Demme
Writer Richard Condon, George Axelrod, Daniel Pyne
Actors Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber, Meryl Streep
Country United States
Awards Nominated for 1 BAFTA Award1 win & 12 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Website N/A

Technical Information:

Sound Mix DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Panavision Cameras and Lenses
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA, Technicolor, New York (NY), USA (dailies)
Film Length 3,564 m (Sweden)
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Spherical (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision 2383)

The Manchurian Candidate 2004 123movies
The Manchurian Candidate 2004 123movies
The Manchurian Candidate 2004 123movies
The Manchurian Candidate 2004 123movies
Original title The Manchurian Candidate
TMDb Rating 6.448 1,293 votes

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