Due to what happened in the United States on September 9, 2001 any previously made film that has anything to do with terrorism is kinda creepy to watch now. Those who might have laughed off the film as not possible now realize how easy it is to carry off acts of terrorism and how plausible a film like this is. A film like this really becomes a reflection of reality. We only have to see scenes like those of American army officers torturing Arabs to think about what happened at the prison at Abu Ghraib. We now see how Arab Americans are being looked at with suspicion and even hatred. It all can/did happen. Imagination has become reality which makes "The Siege" that much more effective as a film. The story is riveting and the acting is bang on. Okay, maybe Bruce Willis was a little hammy, but everyone else was great. Edward Zwick (Blood Diamond, The Last Samurai) has made a terrorism film which is fair and terrifying. He portrays the Muslim radicals as a minority of the Arab population and is very careful with his overall portrayal of these people. We are shown the dangers of stereotyping a people and discrimination. The film was a warning that we chose to ignore.
The US government grabs an Arab religious leader and his followers want revenge. After there are a series of terrorist attacks that happen throughout New York an FBI agent, Anthony Hubbard (Denzel Washington – Inside Man, The Bone Collector), is assigned to the case. Hubbard soon realizes that CIA undercover operative Elise Kraft (Annette Bening – Being Julia, American Beauty) has much knowledge and inside access, but is quite secretive. As bombs begin to explode throughout New York the heat is turned up in the form of Major General Willaim Devereux being called in and declaring the city under martial law. Due to this Hubbard is more and more willing to go to unusual lengths to find out what group is behind them.
-The Siege: Taking New York
-The Siege: Freedom is History
-The Making of The Siege