Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 2002. Cheyenne Enterprises, David Foster Productions, David Ladd Films, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Screenplay by Billy Ray, Terry George, based on the novel by John Katzenbach. Cinematography by Alar Kivilo. Produced by David Foster, Gregory Hoblit, David Ladd, Arnold Rifkin. Music by Rachel Portman. Production Design by Lilly Kilvert. Costume Design by Elisabetta Beraldo. Film Editing by David Rosenbloom.
A United States soldier (Colin Farrell) is caught during a secret World War II operation in Germany and is sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. There he meets with resistance from an imprisoned captain (Bruce Willis) and a disrespectful and insubordinate soldier (Cole Hauser) who ranks lower than him. When Hauser is found murdered and the African American pilot (Terrence Howard) that he had been torturing is the prime suspect, Farrell is immediately assigned as his defence attorney in a ramshackle military trial. Part Stalag 17, part The Great Escape, and part The Caine Mutiny, this film suffers from an uncomfortable mix of those three films and no originality of its own. The characters are colourless, the performances unremarkable, and just looking at it does nothing for you either.