The Manchurian Candidate

I saw the movie The Manchurian Candidate tonight. Wow! The similarities between the movie and the 2004 Presidential Election were more than transparent. I kept thinking it should have been entitled The Halliburton Candidate. Oops! Did I really say that?! If you don’t know, I will spare you.

Let’s just say that the folks at Halliburton are really, REALLY good friends with Dick Cheney. Oh! He’s the vice-president of The United States, former CEO of… And in the movie… And Halliburton got how many contracts in… Hmmm

Based on the 1959 book, The Manchurian Candidate, by Richard Condon, the first movie was produced in 1962 and starred Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, and Angela Lansbury. (I was shocked at how evil Angela was!!) This 2004 movie has some of my favorite actors in it: Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber, and Meryl Streep, one of my favorite actresses of all time.

The plot revolves around using fear and mind games to manipulate, dominate, kill, and ultimately get very, very rich from the abuse of power. Hmmm. Well done! A must see!