So, I'm stealing Matt Welch's five-word review gimmick Syriana: Wishes it was Parallax View. If you want more substance than that, I suggest Mike D'Angelo's review, which I unsurprisingly agree with, as I tend to when he deigns to see movies which play in more than one or two theatres in the country. Also, I guess that I'm not too into that whole brevity thing: I read the subtext of the D'Angelo review as saying that the movie would be better if it had basically the same script with a completely different director, this is obviously correct. And I certainly recommend seeing the film, despite anything above which might indicate to the contrary.