HART’S WAR (2002 USA)


Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.8|5.0 Starsììì

Hart’s War lacks entertainment value despite its fair concept and storyline. Even with the casting of Bruce Willis, Colin Farrell, and Terrance Howard this war film shows average with low realism and believability. This challenge comes partly from the manner in which the script plays out on screen and partially to direction that fails to capture the intenseness inherent in the story.

Storyline

Prisoners of war, Colonel William A. McNamara (Bruce Willis) and Lieutenant Thomas W. Hart (Colin Farrell), work through betrayal, racism, torture, and divulgence of vital information to learn personal lessons about honor and loyalty.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Gregory Hoblit for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producer Wolfgang Glattes for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Lieutenant Lincoln A. Scott (Terrence Howard), Staff Sergeant Vic W. Bedford (Cole Hauser), Colonel Werner Visser (Marcel Iures), Captain Peter A. Ross (Linus Roache), Lieutenant Lamar T. Archer (Vicellous Shannon), Private First Class Dennis A. Gerber (Maury Sterling), Captain R.G. Sisk (Sam Jaeger), Corporal Joe S. Cromin (Scott Michael Campbell), Sergeant Carl S. Webb (Rory Cochrane), Private Bert D. ‘Moose’ Codman (Sebastian Tillinger), Major Joe Clary (Rick Ravanello), Private Daniel E. Abrams (Adrian Grenier), Private First Class W. Roy Potts (Michael Weston), Colonel J.M. Lange (Joe Spano), Corporal B.J. ‘Depot’ Guidry (Sam Worthington), and Private G.H. ‘Cookie’ Bell (Brad Hunt).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. The film is historically based on the Battle of the Bulge and for that reason might work; but for more impact and power try We Were Soldiers instead.


Ben Meyers

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