Hart’s War (2002)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

USA, 2002.  Cheyenne Enterprises, David Foster Productions, David Ladd Films, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Screenplay by , , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

A United States soldier () 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 () and a disrespectful and insubordinate soldier () 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.

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