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Tigerland

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7.01 h 40 min200018
A group of recruits go through Advanced Infantry Training at Fort Polk, Louisiana’s infamous Tigerland, last stop before Vietnam for tens of thousands of young men in 1971.
Directors
Joel Schumacher
Starring
Colin FarrellMatthew DavisClifton Collins Jr.
Genres
Drama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio Languages
English
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Supporting actors
Tom GuiryShea WhighamRussell RichardsonNick SearcyMichael ShannonCole Hauser
Studio
Twentieth Century Fox
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4.3 out of 5 stars

212 global ratings

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  3. 9% of reviews have 3 stars
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Big CheeseReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 February 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
Cliched and unconvincing.
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This is a film that, in my opinion, is trying a little bit too hard, but is actually pretty derivative - owing a very great deal to much superior films like Full Metal Jacket and Platoon. It's the tale of a conscript who doesn't want to be in the army (fair enough - nothing too unusual there) and who spends his time defying authority and being put in the stockade, apparently as a ruse to avoid completing his training and being sent to Vietnam. Hmm.

We're meant to believe the that this character is something special, and indeed he does seem to be clued up enough to get some of his mates out of the army by using his knowledge of the regulations. But in no other way is there anything there to convince us that this guy is anything we should give a damn about.

About half way through the film he's given a bit of responsibility and seems to change his attitude almost instantly. And then we have the clichéd bullying sergeants who seem incapable of knowing what to do with an insubordinate rookie, to the extent that one ends up having a heart-to-heart chat with him. Really?

Overall, not a bad way to spend a couple of hours if you like films about the Vietnam war, but far from the best of the genre.
5 people found this helpful
Rupert GarciaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 April 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Psychological, Philosophical and Paradoxical
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Not your common or garden boot camp picture, Tigerland is all about lives coming together and moving apart, touching on the insignificance of individuals and their actions, while at the same time acknowledging them. It takes some good writing, editing and direction to encapsulate all the different threads involved while maintaining flow to the proceedings.
Not perfect, by any means, but a bittersweet tale of lost men striving to retain the shreds of their humanity while they're being taught how to act like animals and kill without hesitation. I'm not going to compare it to any Vietnam movies, because it is not a Vietnam movie - not really. However, I would recommend seeing this right before you watch a full-on Vietnam combat film. It would make an excellent double-header with any of them.
3 people found this helpful
Ileana Eliza PaunicaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 August 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
What a movie and what an actor!!!
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I give you hereby the review of this movie which I published in my FB account:

Tigerland. I saw for the second time the movie Tigerland. I loved Colin in it and I liked the movie very much. The idea of the movie, the story I liked. I agree with whoever wrote the story and for Joel Schumacher of putting it on screen (and his genius of casting Colin Farrell as Bozz) in respect to what Bozz did. The way I see it, he liberated men who were totally unsuited for war. I am against conscription, I stand for professional army only. Not everybody is a hero, I certainly am not. In the 1st and 2nd world wars, when men were conscripted, many of them were shell shocked, run away, later apprehended and shot as deserters. Despicable!!! ignorance!!! In professional army enter only men with a high spirit of sacrifice (not only for their country but for the benefit of others, like Afghanistan, Iraq, to mention only a few), extremely courageous, patriots to the marrow of their bones. The ones who want to join the army only for the pleasure of killing are spotted during profiling and rejected. I approve fully of what Bozz did: he was more clever and efficient in helping people than anybody I could mention from the Nam war era. By stealth, he saved all those boys from a tragedy. He was a hero, even if a reluctant one. His spirit of sacrifice came through when he joined the platoon instead of ducking to Mexico. I loved Bozz enormously!! and admired him. Professional army soldiers are trained brutally to be able to confront the terrible things which take place in war. War is a tragedy. We are forced by God (aka Above Top Secret Government)!!! to fight wars; for me, at my level of understanding, the proof of this is the Tower of Babel, its destruction and programming people with different ethnicities and languages to divide humanity and creating, in this way, conditions to pit humans each against the other (by this applying the Hegelian principle of thesis, antithesis and synthesis). I damn them to hell, where their residence and origin are, all who are directly or indirectly responsible for this, down the history. The soldiers who fight wars sacrifice themselves for each of us: otherwise, we would have to fight these wars, to do the killing and the dying. Jesus, bless them and save their souls!

When it was the debate between McCain and Obama, the latter, taught probably by Clinton and his cronies, while listening to McCain speaking, Obama put his middle finger on his cheek, by this messaging McCain "s$r&w you" (pardon my French). It was for me stomach churning disgusting: it could not be a more unpatriotic thing than to do this to a war hero, who stayed as prisoner in red terrorist North Nam. I despise Obama, I consider him a closeted thug. I respect him overtly only because he is an elected president of a free democratic country-USA- and when I comment his political actions I show my appreciation for something (what I consider)good what he did and criticize respectfully what I do not agree with one or other of his actions.

Conclusion: Colin started his career in Hollywood with a very good movie. I loved the movie and Bozz.

Thank you for the movie.

Ileana Eliza Paunica a movie maniac.
2 people found this helpful
Spike OwenReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 February 2011
4.0 out of 5 stars
Just because you wear those sergeant's stripes doesn't mean you ain't gonna die.
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Tigerland was the name of a U.S. Army training camp located at Fort Polk, Louisiana. Tagged as the second worst part of the Earth, it was a recreation of the Vietnamese jungle and was used to prepare American soldiers for the hellish terrain they were soon to be fighting in.

Directed by Joel Schumacher, Tigerland stars Colin Farrell as Private Roland Bozz, a reluctant recruit to the war effort who upsets his superiors by having a canny knack for exploiting loop holes in the rule book. However, it's evident that Bozz has leadership qualities, but can the officers convince him he is born to lead?

By the time of Tigerland's release, the Vietnam movie had apparently run its course. The announcement that Joel Schumacher was to delve into the conflict for his next movie was met with less than enthusiastic responses. This was after all the director who had not too long prior reduced the once darkly watchable Batman franchise to comedy campy ham overdrive. Alarm bells were further starting to go off when it was revealed that it was to be a short low budget shoot of 28 days, with a cast of unknowns and filmed in grainy 16 millimetre. Yet two things were forgotten by his many detractors. One was that Schumacher had showed himself capable of guiding a young vibrant cast to high levels of watch-ability (The Lost Boys), and two, that he had made Falling Down in the early 90s, thus tricky and darker edged material was not beyond him.

Tigerland is a fine film, there is no actual conflict to observe other than the interactions between Bozz, his fellow squadies and his superiors. This is more boot camp drama than a film about military engagements. But the impact is much the same as our group of young men prepare for a fate that doesn't exactly have favourable odds; their respective reasons for being there in the first place containing varying degrees of bravado or disbelief. To which, much to his initial bemusement, Bozz simultaneously becomes a beacon of hope to many and a figure for revilement. The out-shot of this is that Tigerland winds up an expertly crafted movie, one that is propelled by great acting and one that quietly sneaks up on you and cloaks you in sadness.

Schumacher is not the sole reason for why the film works so well though, he had some quality help. Ross Klavan and Michael McGruther's screenplay rises above the character clichés that exist in every army training camp based movie. Helped enormously by Klavan drawing on his real life experiences in the army, Tigerland doesn't hurtle towards its climax (a climax that is understated and poignant), it takes its time, characters are formed and with the then unknown Farrell on stupendously bewitching form, it's as engaging as a Vietnam film gets. This in spite of the grim look of the piece as Matthew Libatique's cinematography strips away vibrant colours and uses murky greys and greens to put the viewer right in there with them at boot camp. The look, the feel and the story all pull together nicely, making Tigerland fit to be mentioned in the same breath as those popular Vietnam movies from the previous decades. 8/10
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John RichardsonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 May 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
An easy watch, but clichéd
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(2.5 stars) Quite an engrossing and easy watch, despite the slow pace and slightly clichéd storyline. Farrell is impressive and Michael Shannon's cameo is an unexpected surprise bonus. There's nothing new here, and it feels very shoddily made for such a big budget film, but it's worth a look.
Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 August 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
Not What I Expected
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Depends what you want from your Vietnam Movies. This is about trainees before the war, and really one mans differences ith others, especially with one individual. This gets a bit ridiculous near the end. If you want a story set during the war this may not be for you. It;s ok in places but overall a waste of 1 hr 40 for me.
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James M. LewisReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 November 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fantastic overlooked gem
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This film should go down as a worthy successor to Shawshank Redemption but seems so far to have eluded the slow burning success that SR enjoys.

It is a total left field move for Joel Schumacher and shows that the person behind the later Batman films that are widely considered to have destroyed the franchise prior to Christopher Nolan has more depth that that track record suggests.

A low key film with a compassionate humanistic redemption story, if you've not seen it, you should. Almost certainly in my top 10 if I ever compiled one.
OrestisReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 November 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great movie, quite touching bromance
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Quite dissapointed there was no classic Nam stuff and war action but it did touch me, smooth and light movie, great acting
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