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Courage Under Fire [Blu-ray]
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"Courage Under Fire" makes excellent use of the "Rashomon" technique, wherein we get to see each person's version of what really happened in Iraq. Sterlings own feelings of guilt and responsibility for what happened in Iraq provide an additional level of depth to the narrative (more so than in Kurosawa's original classic film in fact). Some may find the parallel attempts to find redemption to be somewhat heavy handed, but ultimately the film succeeds because of the solid acting performances.Read more ›
To wit: An Army officer (Washington) relentlessly searches out the truth about what happened the night a medical-evacuation pilot (Ryan) and her crew got trapped behind enemy lines during the Gulf War. The pilot, who died in action, has been nominated for a posthumous Medal of Honor, but as Washington interviews the men who served under her, he finds worrisome discrepancies in their accounts of the episode. (The movie, tipping its helmet to Rashomon, shows each survivor's differing version in flashback.)
What gives the story its greater resonance is the fact that Washington is a man questioning his own honor, having mistakenly given an order to fire on his own men during the Gulf War.
Washington is excellent, nicely underplaying his big scenes and ably conveying a righteous man currently ill at ease with himself. Ryan, seen only in the flashbacks, is convincingly gritty. In supporting roles as members of Ryan's crew, Phillips and, especially, Damon are standouts.
Courage is unfailingly intelligent. It is as moving as you suspect director Ed Zwick (Glory) thinks it is. The script is logical and compelling, its pieces fitting together like Lincoln Logs. Yet, this one indeed rewards the adult in us.
"Courage Under Fire" makes excellent use of the "Rashomon" technique, wherein we get to see each person's version of what really happened in Iraq. Serling's own feelings of guilt and responsibility for what happened in Iraq provide an additional level of depth to the narrative (more so than in Kurosawa's original classic film in fact).Read more ›
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Compelling tale. Makes you route for the good guys. Has a highly dramatic undertone that keeps you feeling "wow, this is SOMETHING" Good resolution of the conflict.Published 13 days ago by Jim Hickey
Exciting but a bit disjointed for me. Good acting and great battle scenes.Published 2 months ago by P. M. Culpepper Jr.
Awesome performances by Mr Washington and Ms Ryan from a few years ago, but glad to finally see this film about recent history that many of us remember all too well. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Douglas, Seeker of Light
Interesting drama of coverups, saving face and having courage.Published 4 months ago by Frances L. Stone
Realistic for me; I have always seen a role for women in the military....good acting, good movie!!Published 5 months ago by GARY R TOMS SR
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