Word of Honor (2003)


“Peterson’s wound was mortal. Only a thoracic surgeon working in a well equipped hospital could have saved him.” – Dr. Steven Brandt

Number of Times Seen – 1 (29 Jul 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Thirty years after returning from Vietnam, a former officer is accused of war crimes and must prove his innocence.

My Take on it – This is a film that I came across a few months back and have been interested in watching for a while since it has a very intriguing premise.

Unfortunately, things are hurt by the fact that this was made as a low budget TV production because things aren’t as intense and powerful as they should be.

The cast of this film is extremely talented and one would assume that a film starring Don Johnson, Jeanne Tripplehorn, John Heard and Arliss Howard would be much better than this one actually is.

None of them seem to be given the opportunity to allow these very complex and interesting characters to shine since the story is given to us in a very shallow way.

The ploy to have Johnson’s son play his younger self is commendable, yet it doesn’t actually make the story come across as being more poignant or believable since things aren’t presented in a realistic enough fashion for us to truly believe the story as its being told to us in a pretty superficial way.

The run time of only 90 minutes also diminishes things since it doesn’t allow the film to explore the premise deep enough and instead things feel much too rushed along the way.

Bottom Line – Very intriguing idea that would be so much better if things had been presented with a higher production value. The cast is great and Johnson, Heard, Howard and Tripplehorn all don’t manage to be given the opportunity to let these complex and interesting characters shine because the story is presented very shallowly. The film is also a bit too short and at 90 minutes things feel much too rushed instead of allowing us to really get a deeper understanding of the story which is a pity.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Jesse Johnson, the actor who portrayed young Lt. Tyson in Vietnam, is Don Johnson’s real life son. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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