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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Top Critic Reviews
Rotten: Beneath the rough vrit exterior beats the same slick, corny heart that has pumped blood (and money) through Mr. Schumacher's Batman and John Grisham pictures.
- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Saturday, January 1, 2000
Fresh: For those who don't mind being challenged, however, and are curious to see why Farrell is being touted as the next big thing, Tigerland has its rewards.
- Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle, Monday, February 26, 2001
Fresh: This take on Vietnam War doesn't break new thematic ground but it's Schumacher's best film since the 1993 Falling Down, and it showcases the talents of newcomer Colin Farrell, who has everything that it takes to become a major Hollywood star
- Emanuel Levy, Variety, Thursday, January 4, 2007
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
Basically this is just a low-budget indie mashup of Cool Hand Luke and Full Metal Jacket, and you know what? This might be a tired formula, but it still kinda works. Maybe it helps that this was shot docudrama style, and the cast was filled with (then) unknowns. Colin Farrell had his breakout role here, and, while he isn't quite able to completely hold the film up on his own shoulders, he's pretty good and definitely shows promising as a talented lead...even though his brogue does occasionally slip through his noble attempt at a Texan accent. The plot is that of the typical rebel without a cause named Roland Bozz out to challenge authority. The setting is a training camp in Louisiana in 1971, and this particular camp has a reputaton for being brutal, as well as the last stop for many before being shipped to Vietnam. Bozz is very capable at being a good soldier, yet he'd rather spend most of his time farting around and doing his own thing, regardless of the consequences. There's some other great performances from Clifton Collins Jr and Matthew Davis. Even Michael Shannon makes an appearance. The characters are little more than cutouts, and the actors playing drill sargeants are doing half assed and less effective R. Lee Ermey impressions, but like I said, this all kinda works. Maybe it just has to do with Schumacher getting back to basics and working with a low budget and going for a less mainstream character study. Yeah. I think it's that last one. Go check it out.
- cosmo313, Sunday, July 1, 2012