As a nation stands divided over the war in Vietnam, stark differences of opinion surface among the men of A-Company, triggering unexpected and far-reaching consequences.
2000 Regency Entertainment (USA), Inc. in the U.S. 2000 Monarchy Enterprises S.a.r.l. in all other territories.
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A war-themed variation on Cool Hand Luke, Tigerland is a movie that I enjoyed despite its flaws, primarily because star Colin Farrell has become one of my favorite actors. Although the 16mm cinematography is suitable in the context of the film, the raw photographic quality often feels misused and haphazard. Joel Schumacher's direction leaves something to be desired, and the script promises a lot in the first act of the film but by the conclusion ends up saying very little. It's a confused, structurally absent piece that flaunts some interesting scenes and a variety of compelling performances. Colin Farrell does an excellent job illustrating his character and, at times, even carrying the picture.
- michaelcorleone, Sunday, May 10, 2009
Over sentimental rubbish. Tries to pull at your heartstrings but is more likely to made you throw up a little in your mouth! Joel Schumacher trying to do a Dogme film?, do me a favour!
- SirPant, Thursday, September 24, 2009
Colin Farrell plays an army recruit in basic training for a tour in Vietnam, all the while bucking the system and looking for a way out. I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Schumacher is a hack. Hack, hack, hackety haaack! All he ever does is regurgitate the ideas of others in a rather more bland and insipid way. Here, he obviously saw Saving Private Ryan and thought to himself "Ah sure would like to make me one of them purdy war pictures a-hyuk, a-hyuk!" and set about copying it's pseudo-documentary style. Except instead of a gritty war story, he just rips off every boot camp film in existence, from Full Metal Jacket to An Officer And A Gentleman. Cue abusive stereotypical Sergeants bellowing a stream of swear words and cliched threats at the usual collection of recruits; insubordinate wise-ass, dumb hillbilly, psycho and college boy who misguidedly volunteered, all are present and correct. I can't actually point at any particular part of it and say "that bit is wrong", but it's just so uninspired and lacking in imagination. A pointless film that doesn't bring one single new idea to the genre.
- garyX, Thursday, January 10, 2008