The Manchurian Candidate

I can’t believe I’d never seen The Manchurian Candidate before last night! What an amazing film. I’d actually seen part of the rotating flower show/Communist roundtable scene, but the entire scene is absolutely chilling. For those of you who haven’t seen it, it’s about a U.S. Army unit that is waylaid in Korea in 1952 and brainwashed by Soviet and Communist Chinese forces to carry out a nefarious plot once they get back to the United States. The story is full of twists and black humor, but it also has a surprising amount of real, genuine humor, not the black kind. A chilling film, and long too (130 minutes) but well worth the effort and time to watch it.