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a_DT
frequent_JJ
error_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
categorization_NN
of_IN
a_DT
terrorist_NN
as_IN
a_DT
soldier_NN
or_CC
a_DT
common_JJ
criminal_JJ
._.
a_DT
soldier_NN
commits_NNS
acts_NNS
of_IN
violence_NN
sanctioned_VBN
by_IN
one_CD
nation-state_JJ
against_IN
another_DT
._.
a_DT
common_JJ
criminal_JJ
commits_NNS
acts_NNS
of_IN
violence_NN
for_IN
personal_JJ
gain_NN
._.
a_DT
terrorist_NN
employs_VBZ
random_JJ
violence_NN
as_IN
a_DT
means_NN
to_IN
a_DT
political_JJ
end_NN
._.
if_CS
the_DT
target_NN
nation_NN
does_DOZ
not_XNOT
affect_VB
the_DT
desired_JJ
change_NN
in_IN
policy_NN
,_,
the_DT
violence_NN
continues_VBZ
._.
it_PP
is_BEZ
the_DT
fear_NN
resulting_JJ
from_IN
the_DT
fact_NN
that_CS
the_DT
terrorist_NN
may_MD
strike_VB
at_IN
anyone_PN
(_(
even_JJ
total_NN
innocents_NNS
)_)
,_,
anywhere_RB
,_,
at_IN
anytime_NN
that_CS
gives_VBZ
the_DT
figure_NN
his_PP$
label_NN
._.
edward_NP
zwick_NP
's_POS
the_DT
siege_NN
explores_VBZ
the_DT
possibility_NN
of_IN
this_DT
kind_NN
of_IN
violence_NN
taking_VBG
place_NN
right_NN
here_RB
in_IN
the_DT
united_JJ
states_NNS
._.
you'd_???
think_NN
the_DT
opening_NN
bit_NN
was_BEDZ
ripped_VBN
right_RB
from_IN
the_DT
headlines_NNS
._.
arab_JJ
terrorists_NNS
kill_VB
american_JJ
citizens_NNS
abroad_RB
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
u_NN
._.
s_NN
._.
responds_VBZ
by_IN
retaliating_VBG
against_IN
the_DT
sheik_NN
whom_WP
supposedly_RB
ordered_VBD
the_DT
attack_NN
._.
however_RB
,_,
unlike_IN
the_DT
real-life_JJ
tomahawk_???
cruise_NN
missile_NN
strike_NN
against_IN
bin_NN
laden_VBN
's_BEZ
camp_NN
and_CC
manufacturing_NN
facility_NN
,_,
the_DT
film_NN
version_NN
depicts_VBZ
special_JJ
operations_NNS
troops_NNS
kidnapping_NN
sheik_NN
ahmed_NP
bin_NN
talal_???
._.
in_CD
retaliation_NN
,_,
the_DT
terrorists_NNS
bring_VB
the_DT
fight_NN
to_IN
the_DT
new_JJ
world_NN
._.
unwittingly_RB
involved_JJ
is_BEZ
fbi_NP
assistant_NN
special_JJ
agent-in-charge_NN
anthony_NP
hubbard_NP
(_(
denzel_???
washington_NP
)_)
,_,
who_WP
works_VBZ
out_RP
of_IN
the_DT
bureau_NN
's_POS
new_JJ
york_NP
office_NN
at_IN
one_CD
federal_JJ
plaza_NN
._.
while_CS
investigating_VBG
a_DT
series_NN
of_IN
bombings_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
big_JJ
apple_NN
,_,
he_PP
encounters_NNS
cia_NP
agent_NN
elise_NN
kraft_NP
(_(
annette_NN
bening_NN
)_)
,_,
also_RB
trying_VBG
to_IN
uncover_VB
information_NN
._.
generally_RB
,_,
the_DT
fbi_NP
is_BEZ
charged_VBN
with_IN
problems_NNS
inside_IN
the_DT
u_NN
._.
s_NN
._.
,_,
while_CS
the_DT
cia_NP
takes_VBZ
care_NN
of_IN
problems_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
international_JJ
realm_NN
._.
even_RB
spies_NNS
from_IN
other_JJ
countries_NNS
are_BER
off_IN
limits_NNS
to_IN
the_DT
cia_NP
as_IN
long_JJ
as_CS
they_PP
are_BER
in_IN
our_PP$
country_NN
._.
hubbard_NP
therefore_RB
finds_VBZ
it_PP
highly_RB
unusual_JJ
that_CS
an_DT
agency_NN
spook_NN
is_BEZ
nosing_VBG
around_IN
what_WDT
he_PP
considers_VBZ
his_PP$
territory_NN
,_,
but_CC
as_CS
the_DT
two_CD
form_NN
a_DT
tentative_JJ
professional_JJ
relationship_NN
,_,
hubbard_NP
becomes_VBZ
more_DT
and_CC
more_DT
aware_JJ
of_IN
an_DT
increasingly_RB
complicated_JJ
series_NN
of_IN
allegiances_NNS
and_CC
possibly_RB
illegal_JJ
actions_NNS
involving_VBG
terrorism_NN
and_CC
the_DT
united_JJ
states_NNS
government_NN
._.
the_DT
original_JJ
tagline_JJ
for_IN
patriot_NN
games_NNS
was_BEDZ
,_,
"_"
there_EX
has_HVZ
never_RB
been_BEN
a_DT
terrorist_NN
attack_NN
on_IN
american_JJ
soil_NN
._.
"_"
however_RB
true_JJ
,_,
it_PP
was_BEDZ
pulled_VBN
before_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
's_POS
release_NN
because_CS
it_PP
sounded_VBD
too_RB
much_DT
like_IN
a_DT
dare_MD
._.
revisiting_VBG
the_DT
scenario_NN
of_IN
foreign_JJ
terrorists_NNS
committing_VBG
acts_NNS
of_IN
violence_NN
in_IN
the_DT
united_JJ
states_NNS
,_,
the_DT
siege_NN
is_BEZ
almost_RB
an_DT
invitation_NN
in_IN
itself_PPX
,_,
because_CS
it_PP
shows_VBZ
just_RB
what_WDT
kind_NN
of_IN
turmoil_NN
could_MD
be_BE
produced_VBN
if_CS
an_DT
effective_JJ
terrorist_NN
network_NN
were_BED
to_TO
set_VB
up_RP
operations_NNS
here_RB
in_IN
america_NP
._.
admittedly_RB
,_,
the_DT
terror_NN
wrought_JJ
upon_IN
new_JJ
york_NP
is_BEZ
a_DT
bit_NN
excessive_JJ
(_(
who_NP
's_POS
going_VBG
to_TO
believe_VB
that_DT
a_DT
few_DT
bombs_NNS
are_BER
going_VBG
to_TO
cause_VB
new_JJ
yorkers_NNS
to_IN
jump_NN
at_IN
the_DT
backfire_VB
of_IN
a_DT
bus_NN
or_CC
to_IN
curtail_VB
their_PP$
shopping_NN
by_IN
two-thirds_NNS
?_?
)_)
,_,
but_CC
the_DT
basic_JJ
premise_NN
is_BEZ
still_RB
valid_JJ
._.
i_PP
liked_VBD
the_DT
fact_NN
that_CS
this_DT
film_NN
rises_NNS
above_IN
the_DT
basic_JJ
action-thriller_NN
fare_NN
of_IN
good_JJ
guy_NN
g-men_NNS
against_IN
bad_JJ
guy_NN
terrorists_NNS
by_IN
exploring_VBG
some_DT
of_IN
the_DT
effects_NNS
on_IN
society_NN
and_CC
law_NN
and_CC
order_NN
._.
it_PP
provides_VBZ
a_DT
very_RB
possible_JJ
hypothesis_NN
that_CS
violent_JJ
activity_NN
on_IN
the_DT
part_NN
of_IN
a_DT
few_DT
arabs_NNS
would_MD
escalate_VB
into_IN
a_DT
series_NN
of_IN
hate_NN
crimes_NNS
against_IN
the_DT
arab-american_JJ
population_NN
,_,
and_CC
that_CS
in_IN
an_DT
effort_NN
to_IN
find_VB
the_DT
terrorists_NNS
,_,
the_DT
civil_JJ
liberties_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
minority_NN
may_MD
be_BE
violated_VBD
by_IN
the_DT
government_NN
itself_PPX
._.
in_IN
fact_NN
,_,
about_IN
halfway_RB
through_IN
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
when_CS
the_DT
president_NN
authorizes_NNS
the_DT
declaration_NN
of_IN
martial_JJ
law_NN
within_IN
new_JJ
york_NP
city_NN
,_,
the_DT
liberties_NNS
of_IN
all_PDT
americans_NNS
are_BER
put_VBN
at_IN
risk_NN
._.
although_CS
it_PP
may_MD
actually_RB
be_BE
a_DT
side_NN
effect_NN
of_IN
a_DT
terrorist_NN
campaign_NN
,_,
the_DT
demise_NN
of_IN
social_JJ
order_NN
in_IN
america_NP
is_BEZ
a_DT
scary_JJ
thought_NN
and_CC
a_DT
goal_NN
which_WDT
would_MD
not_XNOT
be_BE
beneath_IN
many_DT
international_JJ
terrorist_NN
groups_NNS
._.
throughout_IN
,_,
the_DT
film_NN
maintains_VBZ
a_DT
conflict_NN
between_IN
hubbard_NP
,_,
who_WP
wants_VBZ
to_IN
use_NN
the_DT
fbi_NP
to_IN
pursue_VB
the_DT
terrorists_NNS
within_IN
the_DT
letter_NN
of_IN
the_DT
law_NN
,_,
and_CC
general_JJ
devereaux_NNS
(_(
bruce_NP
willis_NP
)_)
,_,
who_WP
is_BEZ
in_IN
command_NN
of_IN
the_DT
army_NN
and_CC
of_IN
the_DT
mind_NN
that_CS
the_DT
greater_JJR
good_JJ
would_MD
be_BE
better_JJR
served_VBD
by_IN
suspending_VBG
the_DT
law_NN
and_CC
pursuing_VBG
the_DT
terrorists_NNS
more_RBR
forcefully_RB
._.
what_WDT
results_NNS
is_BEZ
a_DT
fascinating_JJ
debate_NN
over_IN
the_DT
appropriateness_NN
and_CC
constitutionality_NN
of_IN
the_DT
declaration_NN
of_IN
martial_JJ
law_NN
and_CC
the_DT
invocation_NN
of_IN
the_DT
war_NN
powers_NNS
act_NN
,_,
utilizing_VBG
philosophy_NN
and_CC
historical_JJ
examples_NNS
to_IN
make_NN
points_NNS
on_IN
both_PDT
sides_NNS
._.
it_PP
actually_RB
gets_VBZ
rather_RB
heady_JJ
at_IN
times_NNS
,_,
but_CC
it_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
credit_NN
to_IN
screenwriters_NNS
zwick_NP
,_,
lawrence_NP
wright_NP
,_,
and_CC
menno_???
meyjes_NP
that_CS
they_PP
don't_DO
underestimate_VB
the_DT
intelligence_NN
of_IN
the_DT
audience_NN
._.
i_PP
don't_DO
know_VB
if_CS
it_PP
's_BEZ
his_PP$
tone_NN
or_CC
inflection_NP
or_CC
something_PN
else_RB
,_,
but_CC
denzel_???
washington_NP
has_HVZ
a_DT
way_NN
of_IN
spitting_VBG
out_RP
dialog_NN
that_CS
makes_VBZ
whatever_WDT
he_PP
says_VBZ
sound_NN
great_JJ
._.
this_DT
,_,
combined_VBN
with_IN
his_PP$
innate_JJ
acting_NN
ability_NN
and_CC
his_PP$
experience_NN
in_IN
playing_VBG
the_DT
mid-level_NN
authority_NN
figure_NN
,_,
makes_VBZ
his_PP$
performance_NN
in_IN
the_DT
siege_NN
convincing_JJ
and_CC
enjoyable_JJ
._.
annette_NN
bening_NN
gives_VBZ
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
more_DT
assertive_JJ
portrayals_NNS
of_IN
a_DT
female_JJ
character_NN
i've_???
seen_VBN
recently_RB
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
chemistry_NN
she_PP
shares_NNS
with_IN
washington_NP
is_BEZ
palpable_JJ
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
somewhat_RB
unfortunate_JJ
that_CS
her_PP
character_NN
's_POS
fortitude_NN
is_BEZ
broken_VBN
at_IN
a_DT
certain_JJ
point_NN
,_,
but_CC
it_PP
allows_VBZ
us_PP
to_TO
watch_VB
bening_VBG
play_NN
a_DT
little_JJ
more_DT
range_NN
._.
bruce_NP
willis_NP
is_BEZ
pretty_JJ
much_RB
relegated_VBN
to_IN
a_DT
tough-guy_???
role_NN
,_,
always_RB
standing_VBG
straight_RB
,_,
and_CC
with_IN
a_DT
permanent_JJ
scowl_NN
fixed_JJ
upon_IN
his_PP$
face_NN
._.
however_RB
,_,
the_DT
tension_NN
that_CS
exists_VBZ
between_IN
devereaux_NP
and_CC
hubbard_NP
is_BEZ
a_DT
major_JJ
drive_NN
behind_IN
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
development_NN
._.
notable_JJ
is_BEZ
tony_NP
shalhoub_???
who_NP
plays_NNS
fbi_NP
agent_NN
frank_NP
haddad_NP
,_,
a_DT
lebanese_JJ
immigrant_JJ
._.
the_DT
role_NN
calls_NNS
for_IN
evidencing_VBG
both_RB
a_DT
kind_NN
of_IN
filial_JJ
pride_NN
for_IN
his_PP$
heritage_NN
,_,
and_CC
contempt_NN
for_IN
those_DT
of_IN
his_PP$
own_DT
race_NN
who_WP
might_MD
interfere_VB
with_IN
his_PP$
integration_NN
into_IN
the_DT
american_JJ
society_NN
._.
difficult_JJ
to_IN
say_NN
the_DT
least_RBS
,_,
shalhoub_???
does_DOZ
it_NN
with_IN
a_DT
naturalness_NN
you_PP
can_MD
almost_RB
reach_VB
out_RP
and_CC
touch_VB
._.
perhaps_RB
best_JJS
known_JJ
for_CS
his_PP$
role_NN
as_IN
antonio_NP
the_DT
cab_???
driver_NN
in_IN
the_DT
nbc_NP
sitcom_NP
"_"
wings_NNS
,_,
"_"
shalhoub_???
gained_VBD
notoriety_NN
for_IN
his_PP$
dramatic_JJ
abilities_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
wonderful_JJ
film_NN
big_JJ
night_NN
._.
whereas_CS
denzel_???
washington_NP
seems_VBZ
to_IN
be_BE
edward_NP
zwick_NP
's_POS
favorite_JJ
actor_NN
(_(
he_PP
directed_VBD
washington_NP
in_IN
glory_NN
and_CC
courage_NN
under_IN
fire_NN
)_)
,_,
james_NP
horner_NP
seems_VBZ
to_IN
be_BE
his_PP$
favorite_JJ
composer_NN
._.
i_PP
therefore_RB
found_VBD
it_PP
odd_JJ
that_CS
zwick_NP
chose_VBD
the_DT
prolific_JJ
score-writer_NN
graeme_NP
revell_NP
(_(
seven_CD
films_NNS
this_DT
year_NN
already_RB
)_)
over_IN
horner_NP
for_IN
the_DT
siege_NN
until_CS
i_PP
realized_VBD
that_CS
this_DT
film_NN
contained_VBD
a_DT
lot_NN
of_IN
arabian-themed_JJ
music_NN
,_,
and_CC
horner_NP
's_POS
record_NN
has_HVZ
shown_VBN
more_DT
of_IN
a_DT
propensity_NN
for_IN
scores_NNS
either_RB
neutral_JJ
in_IN
ethnicity_NN
or_CC
irish-sounding_VBG
at_IN
most_DT
._.
revell_NP
does_DOZ
a_DT
good_JJ
job_NN
at_IN
providing_VBG
appropriate_JJ
music_NN
to_IN
punctuate_VB
key_JJ
scenes_NNS
and_CC
allowing_VBG
the_DT
score_NN
to_IN
enhance_VB
the_DT
movie_NN
as_IN
a_DT
whole_JJ
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
nowhere_RB
near_IN
as_CS
intrusive_JJ
as_IN
in_IN
some_DT
of_IN
the_DT
other_JJ
films_NNS
we've_???
been_BEN
getting_VBG
throughout_IN
the_DT
year_NN
._.
missteps_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
siege_NN
can_MD
be_BE
found_VBN
in_IN
a_DT
couple_NN
of_IN
the_DT
excesses_NNS
it_PP
takes_VBZ
._.
for_IN
example_NN
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
pretty_JJ
clear_JJ
throughout_IN
that_DT
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
meant_VBN
to_IN
be_BE
more_DT
of_IN
thriller_NN
than_CS
an_DT
action_NN
flick_NN
._.
unfortunately_RB
,_,
there_EX
's_BEZ
a_DT
scene_NN
where_CS
the_DT
army_NN
just_RB
cuts_VBZ
loose_JJ
against_IN
some_DT
arab_JJ
immigrants_NNS
in_IN
a_DT
blatant_JJ
display_NN
of_IN
firepower_NN
and_CC
explosions_NNS
,_,
obviously_RB
meant_VBD
for_IN
the_DT
sole_JJ
purpose_NN
of_IN
being_BEG
eye-catching_JJ
._.
in_IN
the_DT
middle_NN
of_IN
the_DT
city_NN
(_(
and_CC
against_IN
no_DT
real_JJ
opposition_NN
)_)
,_,
zwick_NP
even_RB
has_HVZ
the_DT
army_NN
use_NN
a_DT
cobra_NN
attack_NN
helicopter_NN
to_IN
shoot_NN
rockets_NNS
into_IN
a_DT
building_NN
no_DT
farther_RBR
than_CS
50_CD
feet_NNS
from_IN
friendly_JJ
troops_NNS
._.
verisimilitude_VB
really_RB
goes_VBZ
out_RP
the_DT
window_NN
at_IN
that_DT
point_NN
._.
the_DT
film_NN
also_RB
gets_VBZ
a_DT
little_JJ
preachy_NN
toward_IN
the_DT
end_NN
,_,
focusing_VBG
on_IN
the_DT
ability_NN
of_IN
different_JJ
races_NNS
to_IN
get_VB
along_IN
._.
a_DT
noble_JJ
gesture_NN
,_,
the_DT
film_NN
just_RB
puts_VBZ
the_DT
message_NN
across_IN
a_DT
bit_NN
too_RB
obviously_RB
._.
these_DT
flaws_NNS
are_BER
glaring_JJ
,_,
but_CC
they_PP
don't_DO
detract_VB
too_RB
much_DT
from_IN
an_DT
otherwise_RB
good_JJ
film_NN
that_CS
makes_VBZ
you_PP
think_VB
about_IN
issues_NNS
you_PP
may_MD
not_XNOT
have_HV
considered_VBN
since_CS
history_NN
class_NN
._.
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