Beyond Courage, Beyond Honor.
Fourth-generation Army Col. William McNamara is imprisoned in a brutal German POW camp. Still, as the senior-ranking American officer, he commands his fellow inmates, keeping a sense of honor alive in a place where honor is easy to destroy, all under the dangerous eye of the Luftwafe vetran Col. Wilhelm Visser. Never giving up the fight to win the war, McNamara is silently planning, waiting for his moment to strike back at the enemy. A murder in the camp gives him the chance to set a risky plan in motion. With a court martial to keep Visser and the Germans distracted, McNamara orchestrates a cunning scheme to escape and destroy a nearby munitions plant, enlisting the unwitting help of young Lt. Tommy Hart. Together with his men, McNamara uses a hero's resolve to carry out his mission, ultimately forced to weigh the value of his life against the good of his country.
For a film that I have always seen bits and pieces of on tv, this film is kind if boring at times. It reminds me of the prison films from the 60s without the humor or fun rather this film is dark in its portrayal of heroes who are all willing to sacrifice parts of their souls for their country. To my knowledge this is one of the first of many films where it shows Bruce Willis on the front of the cover and in reality he is only in the film a little bit.
Overlong, low-fi WWII prison camp story. Good performances by Marcel Iures and Terence Howard, some solid moments, but underwhelming.
Good start. First 15 minutes are perfect, with good moments of action. Once they get to the camp (WWII) it goes downhill. It turns into a courtroom drama, a slow one. Then it turns into an escape movie of sorts. And then it turns into cheese. Not a good transition. I like Bruce Willis, but he isn't very good in this. The movie is well shot overall. It's not terrible by any means but it gets too corny for my taste even though the sentimental angle is to be expected in a war movie.
Tries very hard to be something significant on film, but only achieves it for brief moments in certain scenes. The film's emotional core is just too broken up and doesn't pay off. Partly I think it's the plot that just doesn't ring true. The Nazi's seem too easy going. There are many better WWII movies out there. But the cinematography is gorgeous and the production design is good. Reminded me a bit of Hogan's Heroes, which is both good and bad.
"A Soldier's Story" crossed with "The Great Escape." Not a good mix. Difficult to sympathize with Willis and Farrell when the Nazi commandant is the most engrossing character. You never can really tell what this movie is about... especially after it is over.
Hart's War is a very interesting and intriguing Thriller set during the Second World in a POW camp. Hart's War may not be a perfect film, but it dies manage to keep you entertained throughout. Helmed by director Gregory Hoblit, who is a very underrated and talented director, Hart's War is a well acted film with a good enough story. Many reviewers complain that it's a courtroom drama, well no shit, it is in a way. There's nothing wrong with that, and I found the second half of this film to be quite good. Obviously Hart's War is not a perfect film, there's way too many flaws to count, but the way I see it, is it's an entertaining dramatic…
Relatively interesting, and some beautiful visuals... this is one of the least annoying things I've had the pleasure of watching Colin Farrell in. It's a story above fighting for justice and principle, in a gulag where all morality has been thrown out the window.
The characters are probably the more interesting parts of this legal procedural - as the soldiers constantly shift, showing different views on morality, honour and justice. Just as you think someone is the good guy, he changes and is portrayed in a different light.
However, one downside, I'm so tired of watching 'actors playing lawyers', rather than a genuine law case. It seems that everyone wants to create the next, "you can't handle the truth" moment and opt for drama over realism.
Then again, it is just a movie... decent war-law flick.
Good fucking WW2 film that ironically enough isn't about the front lines. Great acting by both John McClane and Colin Farrell. I think my favorite character was the nazi camp overseer dude.
Kind of over long with a convoluted plot with huge holes in it but well acted. One of the few Willis movies that I find hard to watch. Farrell just doesn’t do it for me but he is believable in this role and holds his own. Howard is extraordinary as the heroic Tuskegee airman POW.
Gerichtsthriller im zweiten Weltkrieg. Interessante Geschichte mit einem netten Twist. Gut besetzt und handwerklich ordentlich. Kann man gut wegschauen.