This must be the pandering liberal Hollywood circle-jerk studio execs wanted when they poured millions into Southland Tales. Action unfolds in near-future Turaqistan (brilliant, right?), where a corporation-run war is destroying all things local, then rebuilding for billions, American-style. There are also terrorists, CIA agents, and Hillary Duff as a Middle Eastern pop star (who ends up being American, so it's ok). Such simplistic satire becomes scenery wherein John Cusack's emotionally injured corporate head-hunter reaffirms his manhood and gets the girl (two girls, in fact).