Syriana is a film with many things plot lines, twists, corporate intrigue, espionage, political intrigue, personal struggles of many sorts, corruption of the highest order, terrorism, you have it all in one film, yet it could not be more lifeless. The intertwining of the various threads works so poorly here in that looking up the film's various stories I forgot that many of them even occurred in it. Not a single one becomes engaging partially due to the lackluster performances, but also just the bland way the film is directed. The proceeds with speech after speech, something after something, some technically extreme things like explosions and torture. None of these elements ever become more than just something that happens as an overwhelming feeling of detachment comes from the storytelling leading to such an unremarkable interconnection of all these different elements that theoretically should be interesting.