Combustible Celluloid
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With: Bruce Willis, Colin Farrell, Terrence Dashon Howard, Cole Hauser, Linus Roache, Vicellous Reon Shannon, Rory Cochrane
Written by: Billy Ray, Terry George, based on the novel by John Katzenbach
Directed by: Gregory Hoblit
MPAA Rating: R for some strong war violence and language
Running Time: 125
Date: 02/15/2002

Hart's War (2002)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Camp Stories

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

It's difficult to figure outwhy this solid, entertaining war movie tanked, but I suspect it hassomething to do with the horrible ad campaign, promising a Bruce Willisaction movie. Willis occupiesonly a supporting role, as a tough American colonel stuck in a WWIIprison camp. Colin Farrell is actually the movie's hero, a spoiledsenator's son and a lawyer-in-training who also ends up in the camp.When two downed Tuskegee Airmen (Terrence Howard and Vicellous ReonShannon) also join the camp, rampant racism results in a murder and atrail. And don't think that these guys aren't going to try an escape atsome point.

Perhaps that's another of the movie's marketing problems: too many characters and situations. But the marketing people's loss is our gain, and the film now has a second chance on DVD. MGM/UA's package contains a commentary track by director Gregory Hoblit (Primal Fear) and Willis, a second track by the producer, deleted scenes and more.

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