Movie Stats & Links
||Bruce Willis, Colin Farrell,
Terrence Howard, Marcel Iures
||Leave them at
get weepy and hold you.
||Not really action.
||Don't count on
||Scott asks Hart:
"Can I fire you?"
I hate to put my take on "Hartís War" this way, but I
think it would have been a much better movie if they didnít play the
racism thing. I suppose Iíll start with the basic story.
A Movie Review
(Colin Farrell) is one of those dudes with a cushy job in the war
mostly because his dad is a Senator. Never seeing bullets fly, people
die, or really have anything unpleasant happen to him, well, Hart is
thrust into what might as well been hell for him when, driving down a
country road, he is shot at and taken prisoner by the Germans (oh yea,
itís 1944, near the end of WWII). After frostbite, interrogation, and
seeing Holocaust victims being carted away in freight cars, Hart ends
up in a POW camp where Col. McNamara (Bruce Willis) is doing a decent
job at keeping the POWís in line, and Col. Visser (Marcel Iures) is no
Feeling dissed by McNamara, Hart is relegated to an enlisted
barracks instead of being able to shack up in the officerís beds. But
thatís the least of his problems because now, as the ranking officer,
he also has to keep a barracks full of racist dudes from taking out
their frustrations on two, black airman (theyíre also officer, but
stuck in this barracks by McNamara). Things donít go so well as one of
the black men is framed (duh?), and the other, Lt. Scott (Terrence
Howard) gets set up for the murder of one of the other POWs.
Visser is ready to execute Scott, but McNamara convinces Visser
that Scott should be tried under military court-martial rules, and
Visser agrees mostly because he seems curious as to how this whole
thing will play out. But McNamara has a hidden agenda Ė to finish the
tunnel out of the POW camp so a group of fellow officers can blow up
the ammunition plant disguised as a shoe factory.
How does Hart figure into this? How does Scott figure into this?
How can Visser let this happen right under his nose? Can McNamara pull
this off? Well, I wonít ruin this part for you because for the most
part, "Hartís War" is a really good movie. ButÖ
Like I said before, I had a problem with the racism thing. Sure, it
was a little necessary to set up the murder, but at one point the
movie started to do the preachy thing. Okay, some people still donít
get it that black people were, and still are, discriminated against,
but I get it, I understand it, but I donít like when it seems like
they try to shove this message down my throat ("Men of Honor" did a
much better job at juggling the racism story with the determination
story). The other problem I really had was with the ending. Yes, it
was sentimental; yes, it was poignant; and yes, it was a nice wrap-up,
but it was pretty much convoluted and stupid and it pretty much ruined
what could have been a great ending. The simplest way I can tell you
what I thought would have been a better ending, without giving too
much away, is to say that, well, Hart should have been let to tell
Scottís family about honor, courage, and bravery.
For the most part "Hartís War" is great at showing the challenges
of being in a POW camp, showing how men, just 55 years ago, still
couldnít accept a black person in the armed forces, and how some
people, thrust into impossible situations, can accomplish impossible
things. It didnít need to preach, and it should have let the realistic
ending take place Ė it was war. Itís 3 Ĺ stars out of 5 for "Hartís
War." Catch the full price show if you donít want to see Britney in
her underwear, itís a great matinee, but there are a lot of better
movies out right now that if you didnít see yet, well, your money
might be better spent.
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!