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Read the book, miss the movie,
This review is from: Hart's War (DVD)
I really enjoyed John Katzenbach's novel about a murder trial set in a German POW camp during World War II. The story moved well with good, three dimensional, characters. I was excited when it was announced that the rights for the movie were sold.
I was somewhat apprehensive when it was announced that Bruce Willis was starring in the movie. This is not to say that I don't like Willis, just that there wasn't any character appropriate for him in the book... When I saw the trailer for the movie I was totally turned off by all the explosions. It appeared that a tight courtroom thriller was turned into "Die Hard". The trailer turned me off and I never went to see the film in the theatre.
I finally saw the movie this past week and I discovered that my apprehensions and refusal to see the movie in the theatre was right.
"Hart's war" is not a terrible movie - it's not great with good visuals and a comparatively weak plot (probably three stars). The problem is that the movie states that it "is based on" a great book and virtually none of the story was passed from the book to the film. Somewhere in the adaptation, Hart's character is no longer a drafted law student, there is suddenly _two_ black airmen (the book only has one) and the movie's story is more about hurting the German war effort - not about finding a murderer. None of these changes help the story and, to be honest, the movie's plot really doesn't make a lot of sense.
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Initial post: Nov 9, 2014 10:41:09 PM PST
Electric Ivy says:
I agree. Hogan's Heros on steroids.
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