Thursday, August 9, 2012

Review: A Few Good Men

Director: Rob Reiner

Starring: Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson

Year: 1992

Genre: Drama

Rated: R

Length: 138 min.

IMDB Summary: Neo military lawyer Kaffee defends Marines accused of murder; they contend they were acting under orders.

Despite its success at the box office, A Few Good Men falls flat because of Cruise's weak acting, the melodramatic and overly-mechanized plot and the cliche characters. The film is also plagued with military errors--for example, Cruises's angry rants at Moore and her failure to tell him what's what are not consistent with the fact that she is his superior, and she has presumably worked hard to achieve the rank she now holds. Wouldn't she logically rebuke him when he screams in her face? Another major flaw with the film is the fact that soldiers do not have the duty to obey an unlawful order--so, the defendants should have refused to obey the order in the first place. The fact that they caved in under emotional pressure probably wouldn't be enough to get them off the hook in real life, making the plot of this movie inaccurate. The most painful aspect of this film, besides Cruise's infantile and unprofessional rants, is the scathing villainy of Nicholson's character, who has the blackest of hearts and the coldest of glares. Although it may be a good way to pass the time when you're confined to a hospital bed or locked up in a jail cell, this movie is 138 minutes of guaranteed suffering and should be avoided at all costs.

For Parents:
Strong language

My Rating:
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