The Siege (1998)
Director: Edward Zwick
Cast: Denzel Washington, Bruce Willis, Annette Bening, Tony Shalhoub, Sami Bouajila
Numerous movies have been made, both in Hollywood and outside, in relation to the terrorists activities that rocked Ney York in the devastating 9/11. But The Siege is a 1998 released movie and deals with the sensitive subject of terrorism.
Denzel Washington plays the role of FBI Special Agent, Anthony Hubbard, who along with his partner Frank Haddad, receive news of a hijacked bus. The terrorists’ demand the release of Sheikh Ahmad Bin Talal, a deadly terrorist placed under the strict supervision of Major General William Devereaux, played by Bruce Willis. What follows through the day is a series of bomb attacks and terrorists threats demanding release of their fellow mates. The New York people take to the streets and martial law is declared by the President and Brooklyn is sealed off under the regulation of General Devereaux, in order to locate the operating terrorist’s cells.
The film received failed to receive positive critical response despite having a strong plot. Reason cited was that the film was shot in a crisp manner. The movie also got embroiled in controversies on its release as the American-Arab community found the movie to be offensive.