I just came back from the Burbank studios of Warner Bros. where I saw a screening of the new thriller, Syriana.

In a word: disappointing.

Syriana’s commercial tag-line might, indeed, be “Everything is Connected” but its 126 minutes made me feel like I was pitched into a roiling sea of free-radical dots with very little coherence at all. As I watched a particularly gruesome scene of George Clooney’s character getting his fingernails pulled out, I briefly considered if it might be worth my time to trade places with him.