This a Covid-19 2020 minireview!
Number of Times Seen – Twice (Theater on 13 Jan 2000 and 5 May 2020)
Brief Synopsis – Following the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq, a group of US soldiers try to travel across enemy lines in order to retrieve a stockpile of hidden gold.
Bottom Line – Pretty disappointing film that doesn’t manage to engage the audience well enough. Parts of the movie feel as if they are trying to copy the far superior Kelly’s Heroes (1970), yet things don;t work nearly as well. The cast is great with George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube doing fine obs here even if their characters are never developed well enough and come across as being far too superficial and seem like stereotypes the whole way through. The action scenes are fine, but they never manage to do anything unique with this story which is a shame.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Sayed Moustafa Al-Qazwini, who plays an Iraqi defector, who sells Major Gates cars stolen from Kuwait, was, in real life, tortured and kicked in the eye by Saddam Hussein’s security forces, blinding him in that eye. Like many advisors and extras in the film, he is an actual refugee from Iraq. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)
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