All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…
Casualties of War
Even in war... murder is murder.
During the Vietnam War, a soldier finds himself the outsider of his own squad when they unnecessarily kidnap a female villager. Based on the actual events of an incident on Hill 192 in November, 1966.
"Oh, God. I'm sorry."
at one point the military defense attorney shouts that being a witness isn't hazardous but De Palma would beg to differ. he tantalizes us by recording the hidden tunnels, enemies in wait either hiding behind us or looking just like us, codes we can't interpret. but this is a recreation of a real evil, not the seduction of images, and some things cannot be resolved or reconstructed, and so in a way this doubles as his confession, one that forces you to watch her but makes it impossible for you to save her.
Sean Penn playing a violent, racist, rapist seemed like a perfect piece of casting by Brian De Palma. When it comes to playing intense psychos, Penn does make it all look remarkably easy. Gangster Squad and Colors, and being married to Madonna have all shown his tendency for portraying hateful characters.
De Palma's Vietnam-set film about the incident on hill 192 is one of those films that you wish was a piece of fiction. Vietnam was a cesspit, chaos in everything but name, where some young men lost more than just their lives. They have said countless times that humanity and innocence quickly disappear in a war-zone and that's the story here. When a squad of soldiers looking for payback…
Some may be shocked by my 5-star rating and I certainly understand why. Now I can watch the goriest films ever made and not even blink, but when you include something like rape it turns my stomach a bit. We see things from the perspective of Private Max Eriksson who's played wonderfully by Michael J. Fox. Some might say that he was miscast here, but I'd have to disagree. You can't get more innocent than Marty McFly. Naturally, people will compare it to Platoon which is only 5 percentage points ahead on the tomato meter if you care about that sort of thing.
Most war movies focus on how violence is always the worst part of war and yet here…
Based on the notorious Hill 192 Incident during the Vietnam War in 1966, De Palma's Casualties of War takes on a much more serious and difficult subject than any of his other efforts and as far as I can tell seems to be his most mature work to date. In the leads we have the then up and coming Sean Penn and Michael J. Fox in some of their best roles and rounding it up with John C. Reilly, John Leguizamo and Don Harvey we have a solid supporting cast. It's a very performance-driven film and as such it was important to have a spot-on cast for which the director evidently had a fine eye. They may not be groundbreaking…
"Jesus, we're suppose to be here to help these people."
DePalma, beautifully and horrifically, reveals the devastations of the Vietnam War. While it doesn't necessarily cover any new ground, as far as Vietnam films are concerned. It does however, show the atrocities from the Vietnam side as well as the American side. DePalma has been always been a director who makes films for himself, and doesn't give a shit about how critics, the studio, or audience members are going to react to it. I find this to be one of the most admirable qualities of DePalma as a filmmaker; he's simply not afraid. As far as i'm concerned, he'll always be one of the greats.
I'm convinced Brian DePalma doesn't have a subtle or original bone in his body, which makes him the perfect director for two things: a sports movie or a war movie. While I'm still waiting for his remake of Field of Dreams, Casualties of War will tide me over for now.
Featuring Sean Penn doing a prescient impersonation of the Al Pacino of the 2000s.
While this does feature a few elaborate tracking shots and some really expressive and powerful images, this seems a little bit like De Palma toning down his style to explore the complex morality of war within a small narrative scope. Rather than trying to make a grand statement about war in general or the morality of the Vietnam war specifically, De Palma smartly realizes that this material has already been covered many times and chooses to focus on the difficulty of standing up to one immoral act within a war that seemingly excuses all behavior. I feel like the ending somewhat betrays what came before it since the rapists and the cowardly superior officers can be understood as a few…
GREAT - The first "great" DePalma movie that I've watched. A brutal, angry, and powerful deconstruction of the Vietnam War with incredible work from Fox, Penn, and DePalma.
Michael J. Fox excels in a serious role.
This one took me by surprise, as I had not expected a kind of morality play. Deeply disturbing and certainly one of De Palma's best.
I did not believe that Brian De Palma would make a film like this.
There's nothing cheerful or redeeming at all. A moral pitfall.
Sean Penn is very good, as expected, but hams it up a bit.
Michael J Fox surprises in a good way.
One of Brian de Palma's underrated films as it explores the morality and immorality of war with Michael J. Fox as the conscience who copes with the rape and murder of a Vietnamese girl by his fellow soldiers as it features a chilling performance from Sean Penn as well as incredible debut performances from John C. Reilly and John Leguizamo.
I just revisited Casualties of War. This is such an impressive film. It is visually stunning, from the the opening scene with the tunnels underneath them (not only don't they know from which direction the enemy could come, they could even be underneath!) to the scene on the actual bridge over River Kwai near the end. And then there's the incredible deep focus throughout the film. How did he do it? How did he get it so deep?
And then there are the performances. Penn is scary good and Fox really manages to capture a man torn with guilt. The best performance IMO is however from Thuy Thu Le, the girl they kidnap. This is her only film and she…
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One of the most brutal and disturbing movies to portray the Vietnam war! Choosing straight forward dramatic structure (song of the dialogue and acting is a bit heavy handed at times but mostly amazing)! Stellar Cast with excellent performances! Basically follows the capture, brutal gang rape and deplorable murder of an innocent village girl! Moralistic
Буквальный, местами наивно пафосный взгляд на войну во Вьетнаме, с множеством тех клише, которые ты ожидаешь от фильмов такого типа. Спасают картину режиссура Де Пальмы, который как всегда виртуозен с камерой и горазд на то, чтобы придумывать уникальные ракурсы и планы.
Определённое удовольствие от фильма получить можно.
Tirando umas fracassadas tentativas de comédia, esse deve ser, de longe, o pior filme do de Palma.
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