The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

The Manchurian Candidate (2004)

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Denzel Washington leads this remake of the 1962 Frank Sinatra brainwashing political thriller, an adaptation of Richard Condon's novel. More

Years after his squad was ambushed during the Gulf War, Major Ben Marco (Washington) finds himself having terrible nightmares. He begins to doubt that his fellow squad-mate Sergeant Raymond Shaw (Liev Schreiber), now a vice-presidential candidate, is the hero he remembers him being. As Marco's doubts deepen, Shaw's political power grows, and, when Marco finds a mysterious implant embedded in his back, the memory of what really happened begins to return.

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2004Rating: R129 minsUSAClinica Estetico, Paramount, Scott Rudin Productions
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The Manchurian Candidate (2004) | Reviews

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Jonathan Demme, updating John Frankenheimer's classic exercise in cold war liberal paranoia, has made a witty, anxious thriller for a new age of political uncertainty.

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

The remake shakes down as a conventionally plotted thriller. It's the performances that make it exceptional.

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The Washington Post

The Washington Post

A stylish hoot: entertainingly edgy and ludicrous all at once.

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Salon

Salon

A picture that purports to have a galvanizing, liberal-minded theme... but is really just ploddingly pedestrian.

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Vulture

Vulture

Far from a disgrace, but it's not freewheeling enough, not strange enough to make sense of our gathering dread.

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Chicago Reader

Chicago Reader

About the cleverest imaginable transliteration of the story from its historical moment to ours.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Impressively accomplished and highly entertaining, with sufficiently smart new twists to keep you guessing...

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Time Out

Time Out

Matches, even perhaps surpasses its predecessor.

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The Manchurian Candidate (2004) | Release Details

The Manchurian Candidate (2004) is available to stream in New Zealand now on Netflix and Google Play and Apple TV.