Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson deliver electrifying performances in this 'tense, superbly-directed and top-drawer drama' about what happens when the rules that command a soldier become the rules that condemn him.
Colonel Terry Childers (Jackson) is a patriot and war hero. But when a peacekeeping mission he leads in Yemen goes terribly wrong, he finds himself facing a court martial. Accused of breaking the rules of engagement by killing unarmed civilians, Childers' only hope of vindication rests with comrade-in-arms Hays Hodges (Tommy Lee Jones), a military lawyer of questionable abilities.
Together, they face the battle of their lives. Directed by Oscar-winning director William Friedkin and co-starring Guy Pearce, Bruce Greenwood, Anne Archer and Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley, Rules Of Engagement is 'a magnificent movie you must see.'
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Terms of Engagement
Tue, 12 Feb 2013 | Review by: Micky B
Don't be misled by the title! This is by no means a “chick-flick!” Rather, it's a superb military courtroom drama, set against the war in the Middle East. The powerful cast includes Tommy Lee Jones; Samuel L Jackson; Guy Pierce (an actor hitherto unknown to me;) Ben Kingsley, and Blair Underwood.
Highly-directed Marine colonel Terry Childers Colonel (Samuel L Jackson) – a Vietnam veteran – leads a commando unit ordered to evacuate the American ambassador from an imminent riot outside an unidentified American embassy, to Yemen when the mob's peaceful demonstration turns into a full-blown and hostile riot. It is evident that many men in the crowd have weapons, and open fire on Childers and his men. Three of his men are killed, and Childers orders his unit to return fire. Much to his disbelieving surprise:on returning to base, Clilders is court-marshalled for giving the order to “open fire on unarmed civilians.” Unfortuntely, there are no live witnesses who can vouch for the situation, so Childers calls upon Colonel Hodge Lawrence (Tommy Lee Jones), whose life he once saved, to defend him at his trial. Hodges happens to be the son of General Hayes Hodges, who has now retired.
In the interests of the political situation, the Marine Corps <i>has to</i> find Childers guilty...but despite his father's position, Colonel Lawrence doeesn't subscribe to this point of view!
Although the ending is rather sudden, director William Friedkin has turned out a mini-masterpiece here.
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