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March 01, 2006

Pop Corner

One of the hottest movies released in 2005 was the political thriller Syriana, starring George Clooney and Matt Damon. Clooney plays a veteran CIA operative who gets entangled in a web of greedy oil companies, cynical politicians, and corrupt regimes. Director Stephen Gaghan, who wrote the screenplay for the drug flick Traffic, notes that oil and illegal narcotics both come from "some pretty screwed-up places that you didn't want to examine too closely."

Loosely based on a real CIA agent's memoir, the movie (due on DVD in May) paints a bleak picture of the causes and consequences of our dependence on oil. The film's production company, which specializes in socially conscious entertainment, has partnered with the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council to campaign for energy-efficiency improvements, increased fuel economy, and other cures for oil addiction. Find out more at participate.net/oilchange.


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