Spectacularly bad film involves Ed Harris as an American mercenary leader taking control of Nicaragua. Strange, self-indulgent garbage. One of the worst movies I've seen.
There was a period in the 1980's where men sought to make terrible films about dark times and make them tolerable to watch by introducing surreal elements.
The fact is, it actually makes the contents somewhat grotesque. One could argue this is the point, but is actually just a horrible experience. There is no real point to this film. You don't learn anything useful about history, you don't enjoy it, and you feel like a worse person from watching it.
It is only at the very end, during the credits, that one realises the director was trying to make a serious political point about the united state's involvement in Nicaragua in general, and by then it is far, far too late.
Overall I would not recommend watching this. Ever. Do yourself a favour and pick up an actual history book, instead. You will do yourself and Nicaragua justice by doing so. Watching this film will only make you feel sick, and stupid.
And Joe Strummer made the score, all of it, and it's damn good.
The real events that makes the foundation is in deed weird. One hysteric american starts out invading remote parts of Mexico by himself with a handfulll of madmen and later on he takes the whole of Nicaragua which he eventually burns to the ground.
Weird and nice movie, with a message somewhat hidden in movie psycedelica, but still