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Critic Reviews for Tigerland
This take on Vietnam War doesn't break new thematic ground but it's Schumacher's best film since the 1993 Falling Down, and it showcases the talents of newcomer Colin Farrell, who has everything that it takes to become a major Hollywood star
Stylistically this is more interesting and more affected than Schumacher's Flawless. Either way, it's a big improvement on his past tendentious nonsense.
Even when the script overtaxes the allegory about how Vietnam divided a nation at home, Schumacher and the actors prevail by fixing their sights on what happens to men on that last stop before the game of war becomes a grim reality.
For those who don't mind being challenged, however, and are curious to see why Farrell is being touted as the next big thing, Tigerland has its rewards.
Tigerland lands squarely in the top tier of best movies about America's Vietnam experience.
Audience Reviews for Tigerland
Basically this is just a low-budget indie mashup of Cool Hand Luke and Full Metal Jacket, and you know what? This might be a tired formula, but it still kinda works. Maybe it helps that this was shot docudrama style, and the cast was filled with (then) unknowns. Colin Farrell had his breakout role here, and, while he isn't quite able to completely hold the film up on his own shoulders, he's pretty good and definitely shows promising as a talented lead...even though his brogue does occasionally slip through his noble attempt at a Texan accent. The plot is that of the typical rebel without a cause named Roland Bozz out to challenge authority. The setting is a training camp in Louisiana in 1971, and this particular camp has a reputaton for being brutal, as well as the last stop for many before being shipped to Vietnam. Bozz is very capable at being a good soldier, yet he'd rather spend most of his time farting around and doing his own thing, regardless of the consequences. There's some other great performances from Clifton Collins Jr and Matthew Davis. Even Michael Shannon makes an appearance. The characters are little more than cutouts, and the actors playing drill sargeants are doing half assed and less effective R. Lee Ermey impressions, but like I said, this all kinda works. Maybe it just has to do with Schumacher getting back to basics and working with a low budget and going for a less mainstream character study. Yeah. I think it's that last one. Go check it out.
The system wanted them to become soldiers. One soldier just wanted to be human.
An extreamly powerful drama. It's remarkable, thoughtful, conflicting and exhilerating. Director, Joel Schumacher's masterpiece, his finest film yet. A groundbreaking, original, riveting and magnificent tour-de-force of a movie. Colin Farrell is extroadinary, giving an explosive breakthrough performance that shows what maximum potential really is.
|Roland Bozz:||Just because you wear those sergeant's stripes don't mean you ain't gonna die.|
|Roland Bozz:||Nobody saves anybody you stupid son of a bitch.|
|Cantwell:||Doesn't it strike you what that means? How each one of us is a little bit of everything, and everything is shit.|
|Roland Bozz:||My friend here wants to go for the experience, Sergent. Says he ain't scared.|
|Sergeant Cota:||Good luck, Private. You ask me, I'll stick with the smart and the scared.|