David's Review of Southern Comfort
Another gritty action film from Hill (48 Hours, Last Man Standing) that pits a group of National Guard soldiers on a routine training exercise against some local Louisiana residents. Unlike the similar 'Deliverence' the soldiers are actually a group of assholes and the residents, although brutal in their behaviour, are shown to be the ones who are abused and misunderstood. Although Hill states it's not an allegory for Vietnam it's difficult not to see the similarities, especially when the two survivors arrive in the small village towards the end. A nice ensemble cast with no big name stars but reliable actors this was a tense film which had me shaking my head at the sheer ignorance of the arrogant soldiers.