||Title: Hart's War
|Genre: Drama, War
|| Year: 2002
|| Country: USA
||Starring: Bruce Willis, Colin Farrell, Terrence Howard, Cole Hauser, Marcel Iures
|| Director: Gregory Hoblit
My Review: I'm a sucker for the WWII movies, so I was definitely looking forward to this movie. Screenplay written by Billy Ray, based upon a novel (same name) by John Katzenbach, and directed by Gregory Hoblit (Primal Fear, Fallen, Frequency). This movie has a great cast. Starring Bruce Willis as Col. William McNamara, Colin Farrel as Lt. Thomas Hart, Terrence Howard, Cole Hauser, Marcel Lures and others. The movie depicts US POWs imprisoned in a German camp. Bruce Willis plays the senior US Officer. He does his best to maintain order, a sense of honor, and plans to escape or resist by all means available. On the other side of the fence is the Luftwaffe veteran, Col. Wilhelm Visser (played by Marcel Lures). The camp Commandant does his best to counter the leadership of Col. McNamara and remind the prisoners that he's in charge, and the Germans will win this war. When one of the prisoners is accused of murder (of another prisoner), Col. McNamara insists on a 'Courts Martial' trial, the Commandant agrees, Lt. Tommy Hart (played by Colin Farrell) is tagged to defend the accused and the movie is set in motion. McNamara is using the trial as a screen to keep the Germans occupied and distracted, while McNamara's escape and sabotage plans are put into motion. A thrilling WWII movie with a great cast, excellent sets and a good story. The best part is the character play and drama created by tension created amongst the different prisoners. Unfortunately, the ending of the movie is something of a let down. It feels rushed and a bit contrived. I give the movie a 3 out of 5.
Summary: 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 Luftwaffe veteran 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.