Review Date: December 23, 2001
Director: Danis Tanovic
Writer: Danis Tanovic
Producers: Marc Baschet, Frederique Dumas, Cedomir Kolar
Branko Djuric as Chiki
Rene Bitorajac as Nino
Filip Sovagovic as Cera
The film also doesn't hold back on its views on the politics of the war either. Granted, I would liked to have had an explanation about how the war got started and what really got everyone to the point of arms, but it wasn't necessarily needed for the purposes of the film. In fact, one of its points was that neither man in this movie could admit to who really started the war, which is actually accentuated by a pretty funny scene in which the two try to convince each other that their side is the better side, etc... Aaaaaah, war sucks! But the film doesn't stop the blame-game with the respective combatants either. It showcases the higher-ups at the UN peacekeeping stations as goofballs who care more about the media, playing chess with their sexy secretary, their public image and friggin' bureaucracy, than saving lives. It also portrays the media in the typical blood-sucking manner, as in most other films. To be fair, it also shows how the media can manipulate the inside information that it's got, to get things done...but the bottom line with most news organizations these days is still the "ratings", and that always makes for more complications and less "true" coverage.
Overall, I have to admit that this film entertained me for its well-timed hour and a half, presented various interesting points of view, a handful of funny moments and even some really dramatic ones (yes, there is a little bit of graphic violence in here as well-it's a war movie, after all). It's also easy on the eyes, with its wonderful cinematography and sunny disposition, balancing off the grim nature of the battle-lines. Don't expect SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, but it's no all-out laughfest either. In fact, the film's grim ending is a good indication of what it was certainly trying to accomplish which was to say that there are no easy answers to any armed conflict and when you're dealing with various other external elements, God knows that the solution only gets that much more complex. A sobering conclusion to a solid film which doesn't require previous knowledge about the war or its people, to be appreciated.