"Tigerland" by Yojimbo
Colin Farrell plays an army recruit in basic training for a tour in Vietnam, all the while bucking the system and looking for a way out. I've said it before and I'll say it again. Schumacher is a hack. Hack, hack, hackety haaack! All he ever does is regurgitate the ideas of others in a rather more bland and insipid way. Here he obviously saw Saving Private Ryan and thought to himself "Ah sure would like to make me one of them purdy war pictures a-hyuk, a-hyuk!" and set about copying it's pseudo-documentary style. Except instead of a gritty war story, he just rips off every boot camp film in existence from Full Metal Jacket to An Officer And A Gentleman. Cue abusive stereotypical Sergeants bellowing a stream of swear words and cliched threats at the usual collection of recruits; insubordinate wise-ass, dumb hillbilly, psycho and college boy who misguidedly volunteered, all are present and correct. I can't actually point at any particular part of it and say "that bit is wrong", but it's just so uninspired and lacking in imagination. A pointless film that doesn't bring one single new idea to the genre.