Sunday, May 8, 2016

Casualties of War (1989)

Director: Brian De Palma

Writers: Daniel Lang, David Rabe

Composer: Ennoi Morricone

Starring: Michael J. Fox, Sean Penn, Don Harvey, John C. Reilly, John Leguizamo, Thuy Thu Le, Erik King, Jack Gwaltney, Ving Rhames, Dan Martin, Dale Dye

More info: IMDb

Tagline:  Some Soldiers take things too far

Plot:  During the Vietnam War, a soldier finds himself the outsider of his own squad when they unnecessarily kidnap a female villager.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again?  Yeah.

Good flick.  I haven't seen it in about twenty five years and it still holds up well.  Good performances and it's really neat seeing John C. Reilly and Ving Rhames in some before-they-were-famous roles.  It's an interesting story and there are some good action scenes and plenty of tension but the film is ultimately a big studio looking Hollywood picture.  That both helps and hurts but it's got great production values and a good Morricone score so it's got that going for it.  The Columbia DVD has a nice looking anamorphic widescreen print and some extras.  You get a 20 minute interview with Fox, a making of featurette, some deleted scenes and trailers. 

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