Review of 'The Manchurian Candidate', director Jonathan Demme
The First Gulf War, 1991. An armoured vehicle on night patrol in Kuwait. Major Ben Marco (Denzel Washington) is knocked unconscious in a sudden fox-fight. Sergeant Raymond Shaw (Liev Schreiber), it appears, saves his and the platoon's lives, for which he is commended.
Some years later Marco is struggling to come to terms with recurrent nightmares of treacherous murder, which it seems other veterans share. Shaw, on the other hand, has built a blossoming political career. Or rather his mother has. Senator Eleanor Shaw (Meryl Streep) dominates both her party and her son.