After the abduction by the US military of an Islamic religious leader, New York City becomes the target of escalating terrorist attacks. Anthony Hubbard, the head of the FBI's Counter-Terrorism Task Force in New York, teams up with CIA operative Elise Kraft to hunt down the terrorist cells responsible for the attacks. As the bombings continue, the US government responds by declaring martial law, sending US troops, led by Gen. Devereaux, into the streets of New York City.Written by
Karen Eiler <email@example.com>
Two early possible titles for this film were "Holy War" and "Against All Enemies". The former title was nixed after it was agreed by all principals to be much too incendiary, and the latter was used for a while before the studio decided "The Siege" was a more apt, stronger title. Ironically, "Against All Enemies" would later become the title of a post-9/11 nonfiction book that itself is a future film project. See more »
The events of the film take place in 1998, 3 years after the detonation of an explosive-laden truck in Oklahoma City. While many federal buildings were already constructed and could not be set back from a thoroughfare by the 100 foot minimum to prevent or minimize future terrorist attacks, ALL had anti-ramming posts, pillars and planters installed.
The van shown in the film could not have penetrated these barriers and thus the explosion would have taken place OUTSIDE the building, rather than inside of the lobby. There would have been heavy damage to the structure; however its total collapse as shown in the film likely would not have occurred. See more »
General William Devereaux:
[announcing the declaration of martial law in Brooklyn]
Good morning. Today with the invocation of the War Powers Act by the President, I am declaring state of martial law in this city. To the best of our knowledge we are opposed by no more than 20 of the enemy. He is hiding among a population of roughly two million. Intelligence tells us that he is most likely Arab speaking, between the age of 14 and 30, narrowing the target to 15,000 suspects. We can further reduce that number down to those ...
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Some post-2001 versions have the World Trade Center digitally removed from the New York skyline. See more »
I remember hearing about this film before its release. It had caught a great deal of flack for its use of Arabs and Muslims in particular as violent extremists. Even at that time I knew that the protests against this film were nothing more than politically correct nonsense, as even then the only trans-oceanic terrorists that existed were of the fake-Muslim variety that today we hear about every hour.
When I saw the film, I was impressed by the fair nature of the film, in that it portrayed the truth: these extremists exist in the overwhelming minority of Muslims, and that it is unwise and unfair to paint them all with the same brush. With a very good script, excellent performances and exciting action pieces, I was impressed.
Jump ahead a few years, and we see what we have learned. This film was not just an intelligent story. It was a warning sign. It examined things that people did not want to talk about. It examined things that people thought it more politically correct to ignore. It portrayed events realistically and in fact far less devastating than what was possible. If there is one thing that can be learned by examining a film such as this in retrospective of recent events, it is that our species chooses to ignore that which it does not want to accept.
Those who do not learn from their history are doomed to repeat it. Perhaps there are other subjects we should stop being so PC about and actually talk about instead of worrying about "how it will look."
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