Number of Times Seen – at least twice (Cable in the 80’s and 4 May 2015)
Brief Synopsis – A photojournalist travels to El Salvador to cover the revolution in 1980 and gets too personally involved.
My Take on it – I’m a big fan of much of Oliver Stone’s films and hoped this one would be better and more engrossing than it is.
He portrays the conflict well, but we are left with characters that we don’t care about which causes us to be even more desensitized to the atrocities being depicted around us.
The storyline doesn’t try to hide anything and tells it in all its brutality, but we are not given the opportunity to feel much for any of the characters or the events being depicted.
James Woods and James Belushi are both pretty good here with the material they are given.
Lots of scenes feel too choppy and it feels as if too many of them were edited too heavily.
I really wanted to like this one much more than I eventually did.
Thankfully, I know that Stone has lots more films that are much better than this one was.
Bottom Line – Not as good as I had hoped. The storyline is very brutal and pulls no punches when trying to show the atrocities committed on both sides of this conflict. Not even close to being Stone’s best. Woods and Belushi do a good enough job with what they are given.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – At the 1987 Academy Awards, Oliver Stone had two pictures in contention, this movie and Platoon (1986). This film had two nominations, the other had eight, giving Stone a combined total of ten nominations from two movies, both war films and both with one word titles. Salvador (1986) failed to win any Oscars, but Platoon (1986) took home four including Best Picture. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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