I watched “Syriana (Widescreen Edition)” on one of the movie channels a few nights ago and it brought up an idea for me that I might have understood at a base level, but hadn’t given too much thought. The idea is that while the world is full of possibilities and a lot of times all it takes to change it is for someone to care, there are also areas where the world is the way that it is for very specific reasons. Very powerful interests may be working very hard to maintain the status quo for reasons that you can’t see or don’t understand and in these situations it can be extremely difficult to bring about change. The trick is to understand which type of situation you’re facing.
Another movie with a similar theme , but presented in a bit more accessible way, that I also enjoyed was “Tucker – The Man and His Dream“.