The secret US abduction of a suspected terrorist leads to a wave of terrorist attacks in New York that lead to the declaration of martial law.
Release Year: 1998
Rating: 6.2/10 (32,566 voted)
Critic's Score: 53/100
Stars: Denzel Washington, Bruce Willis, Annette Bening
After the abduction by the US military of an Islamic religious leader, New York City becomes the target of escalating terrorist attacks. Anthony Hubbard, the head of the FBI's Counter-Terrorism Task Force in New York, teams up with CIA operative Elise Kraft to hunt down the terrorist cells responsible for the attacks. As the bombings continue, the US government responds by declaring martial law, sending US troops, led by Gen. Devereaux, into the streets of New York City.
Writers: Lawrence Wright, Lawrence Wright
Anthony 'Hub' Hubbard
Major General William Devereaux
Agent Frank Haddad
Ahmed Ben Larby
Sheik Achmed Bin Talal
(as Liana Pai)
FBI Agent Mike Johanssen
FBI Agent Floyd Rose
On November 6th our freedom is history
Release Date: 6 November 1998
Filming Locations: Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $13,931,285
(8 November 1998)
(14 February 1999)
Did You Know?
According to an interview that screenwriter Lawrence Wright gave to CBS in 2007, the film was a box office failure upon its theatrical release, "but it was the most-rented movie in America after 9/11." Wright also claimed that the initial release bombed because "Muslim and Arab protesters picketed the theaters. They were furious at being stereotyped as terrorists."
Twice, General Devereaux refers to "the president invoking the War Powers Act." The WPA is not presidential authority for allow war or the use of the military (which comes from Congress), but it is in fact a rule passed by Congress in 1973 (after Vietnam) that severely limits a president's ability to unilaterally use military force without Congressional authorization.
You don't fight a junkyard dog with ASPCA rules. What you do is you take the leash off your bigger, meaner dog.
Still stands up
I remember hearing about this film before its release. It had caught a
great deal of flack for its use of Arabs and Muslims in particular as
violent extremists. Even at that time I knew that the protests against
film were nothing more than politically correct nonsense, as even then
only trans-oceanic terrorists that existed were of the fake-Muslim
that today we hear about every hour.
When I saw the film, I was impressed by the fair nature of the film, in
it portrayed the truth: these extremists exist in the overwhelming
of Muslims, and that it is unwise and unfair to paint them all with the
brush. With a very good script, excellent performances and exciting
pieces, I was impressed.
Jump ahead a few years, and we see what we have learned. This film was
just an intelligent story. It was a warning sign. It examined things
people did not want to talk about. It examined things that people
it more politically correct to ignore. It portrayed events realistically
and in fact far less devastating than what was possible. If there is one
thing that can be learned by examining a film such as this in
of recent events, it is that our species chooses to ignore that which it
does not want to accept.
Those who do not learn from their history are doomed to repeat it.
there are other subjects we should stop being so PC about and actually
about instead of worrying about "how it will look."