I had been to a 12:00 pm appointment with my gunsmith (Briley Mfg/Claudio Salassa) to get my pistol tuned up for a match in Somerville on Sunday when I swung by the Fountains Loew's Theatres just in time to catch the 1:00 pm showing on opening day of "The Siege." I had to see this flick because I had to know if New York survived yet another catastrophe - what with Godzilla hitting them earlier in the year and all. We all know from the TV ads that Brooklyn is in for some bad times when allegedly Arab Terrorists set off a series of bombs starting with a bus and climaxing with the death of hundreds including the rich and famous. Uh oh, now they have gone and done it. Killing the ordinary bus citizens is manageable, but these wackos went too far so the President and Washington folks declare Marshall Law and deploy troops into the city to get things under control because these Arabs ...." are threatening our way of life."
The Army troops are commanded by Bruce Willis/ Gen William Devereaux (same name as the bad guy in "Silver Streak" but no relation) and the good general is wound a little tight and lacks certain sensitivities to be running such an operation. He took a page out of World War II history books and rounded up all the young male Arabs and "herded" them into football field cages with barbed wire. Meanwhile, the good guy is FBI agent Anthony "Hub" Hubbard who tries to do the right thing and catch the bad-guy terrorists within the restraints of the US Constitution. Then we have a CIA spook that has a couple of names - Elise and Sharon - depending on the situation who is played by Annette Bening. Elise/Sharon gives new meaning to "sleeping with the enemy." Hey, a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do for her country! These three get entangled and so does the Army, FBI, and CIA. The best character was played by Hub's partner Frank (Tony Shalhoub) who is Lebanese and has his own ethnic problems with the Army. But at least Frank had a family and a sense of humor which more than I can say for the three stars in this movie. Character development weak.
The story started out suspenseful and action-packed and peaked midway and coasted home with a documentary mentality. I grade the first half of this film 88 and the second half 78. You do the math. Rock 'n Roll.