Note to Demme: If you're going to make a political thriller, make it thrilling, or at least have a bunch of loud noises and blinking lights or something. If you want to make a political film, don't shoehorn it into a remake of a classic.
Denzel Washington is such a great actor, though. There's never a moment in any film he's in where he's not completely convincing and fascinating to watch. Because I was addicted to "St. Elsewhere" back in the day I got in on the ground floor. On that show his foil was Alfre Woodard, who is every bit as good as Denzel.
And since I'm mentioning black actors: CCH Pounder. She's really good on The Shield, but she needs to star in another movie. No one does Pissed-Off like CCH Pounder. You could use her to strip furniture -- just get her mad at it and the finish will spontaneously combust.