Taken just as a film, this is a decent effort. Good performances by the leads (especially Washington, who acts demented enough you know you wouldn't believe him if he told you his story), good script,and good direction.
The film is a remake, and although the characters are intact, Korea has been replaced by Kuwait, and the reasons for the mindwiping have become very 21st century - money.Sinatra withdrew the original from distribution after what happened to Kennedy, and many believe that the assassin of Robert Kennedy, Sirhan Sirhan, was 'programmed' to do the job, as once it was done he was quite incoherent, and could not remember what he had done. Life imitating art...?
The film touches a raw nerve in that we all know these things are probably possible. The feeling of alienation and fear Washington conveys through the film, may be one we should all share.......
recommended, but be prepared to worry afterwards!