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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.

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3 stars

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

3 stars

A rare treat of a movie. Not only does it fall in great contrast to what we're used to seeing from Hollywood (as in being authentic and well-written, rather than just throwing in a lot of explosions and gunfire), but it's one of extremely few films where Colin Farell actually does some respectable acting. Also, the way things are directed and shot, it feels like it could really have been made in 1971, and that alone is an achievement worth raising my hat to.

- CloudStrife84, Monday, December 3, 2007

4 stars

"The system wanted them to become soldiers. One soldier just wanted to be human." A group of recruits go through Advanced Infantry Training at Fort Polk, Louisiana's infamous Tigerland, last stop before Vietnam for tens of thousands of young men in 1971. REVIEW Just when you thought you'd had enough of Vietnam movies, comes Tigerland, a refreshingly poignant coming-of-age film that follows a bunch of wet-behind-the-ears Army recruits in the days before they're to be shipped off to war. Joel Schumacher recovers nicely from the car wreck otherwise known as Batman & Robin, invoking subtle performances from a cast of unknowns, led by the magnetic Colin Farrell as Private Bozz, a ne'er-do-well whose motives become clear as the movie unfolds. Matthew Davis is nearly as impressive as Bozz' thoughtful foil, a college boy who's in over his head as he & the other troops progress in their training. And he's not the only one - the mental unravelling of many of the grunts is both moving & mesmerizing. Though it would be easy for the story to tread familiar water & implement stereotypical plot development (soldiers going crazy, racial infighting, horny hookers, etc.), none of it becomes obtrusive. The cast is uniformly fine, though most of the officers at boot camp are paper-thin cruel thugs. Nick Searcy, as a sly commanding officer & Cole Hauser, as the soldiers' no-nonsense instructor at Tigerland, stand out. But the real star here is Farrell, who can do no wrong here. Recalling a young Mel Gibson (no coincidence he's Australian), Farrell shows why he's a superstar in the making & why we should look forward to seeing more of him in the future.

- LorenzoVonMatterhorn, Sunday, March 8, 2009