Director: Simon West
Writer: Christopher Bertolini, William Goldman
Producers: Mace Neufeld
John Travolta as Paul Brenner, Madeleine Stowe as Sarah Sunhill, James Woods as Colonel Moore
And this predictability isn’t reserved only to those who have seen films like COURAGE UNDER FIRE or A FEW GOOD MEN, it runs deep inside every one of us who knows to suspect someone as soon as they see their obvious guilty mug on the big screen. It’s like riding a bike. Other scenarios which sponge out any tension, suspense or interest from this film include every single character eventually “breaking down” to the investigators without much reason given, a ridiculously placed background relationship between two of the lead characters, as much action as my grandparents bedroom nightly, and a directorial style that can only reward director Simon West with a solid nomination for the “Best Poor Man’s Michael Bay Doing his Best Poor Man’s Impression of Tony Scott” (Add two scenes with sunlight shining through some half-open shades for grit and integrity, and an all-out rainfall for the finale for further chaos, and you’re a great director. Yawn. Yeah, whatever Tony…I mean, Simon.)
And aren’t we all sick of hearing about these Army “bad boys” and their overdone “code of silence”?! Enough already! Next subject, please. See it on video if you wanna fall asleep after seeing a much better movie like AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN (9/10). Otherwise, save yourself the trouble and go take a crap instead. You’ll feel much better afterwards. Trust me.
(c) 2001 Berge Garabedian