Beyond Rangoon (1995)
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In a role originally intended for Meg Ryan, Patricia Arquette plays Dr. Laura Bowman in director John Boorman's film of an American abroad in a strange country. It's 1988 and Laura is desperate to flee the United States and the memory of her husband and son's murders. Accompanied by her sister, Andy (Frances McDormand), she heads for Burma just as the peaceful protests against the country's military government take a more violent turn. Andy and the rest of their party flee in a hurry, but Laura
Aug 25, 1995 Wide
May 26, 2009
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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In attempting to make its politics palatable as entertainment, the film has grafted them onto a boatload of Hollywood implausibilities whose excesses cripple believability.
As an exercise in art, or even polemics, Beyond Rangoon is beyond redemption, but still works its occasional magic with extraordinary flair.
Yet one more film -- that defines Third World political unrest through its effect on a white liberal.
Boorman's metaphysical musings might work if he integrated them more fully into his film, instead of making them secondary to action sequences.
Because the film is well acted and directed, and the Malaysian locations are exotic and seductive, I got involved even though the story ... was so clearly concocted.
A Very powerful film, with a slew of great performances
About an American doctor in Burma who discovers the wild woman inside as she squares off against incredible physical and mental challenges.
This is a perennial favorite because of the scenery (it's set in Burma, shot in Malaysia), because of the strong heroine, and because of the mix of politics and adventure.
Arquette seems out of place, but there's enough quality here to warrant a fair shot.
In place of the backstory on Laura Bowman we need to understand why this woman undertakes her dangerous odyssey, the script races forward with action sequences better suited to co-writer Alex Lasker's earlier Firefox.
It's as if a civil war had been concocted just to take Laura (Patricia Arquette) outside of her not-unjustified misery.
Absolutely typical of the way Hollywood can take a compelling story, full of genuine characters and heartfelt emotion, then hack it to tiny bits and put it back together, Frankenstein-like, into a sappy, overwrought drama.
Seems less about the horror suffered by the Burmese than the inconvenience suffered by an American tourist who has lost her passport.
Get rid of Arquette and this might have been a real movie.
It's fascinating and rewarding to watch [Arquette] evolve, with much credibility, from her own personal state of immaturity to a state of full growth.
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