Under Fire (1983)


“I like you people, but you are sentimental shits! You fall in love with the poets; the poets fall in love with the Marxists; the Marxists fall in love with themselves. The country falls in love with the rhetoric, and in the end we are stuck with tyrants.” – Marcel Jazy

Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 Feb 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A group of journalists in Nicaragua during a coup must deal with life and love in a war zone.

My Take on it – Interesting idea that fails to be more powerful in the way that things are presented.

The story itself has so much more potential which is a shame that it’s left unrealized.

The cast is superb with Nick Nolte, Joanna Cassidy and Gene Hackman all giving us different viewpoints on these events, but the failure to develop these characters on a more emotional level hurts things too much.

The cinematography is wondrous to watch and we are truly given the feel that we are on the front line of a Central American war zone.

The story has some nice surprises along the way that are able to add to the suspense and intrigue of it all.

They are able to show some of the dark places that these conflicts can take someone and that helps make things even more engaging to watch unfold.

It’s too bad that things aren’t presented in a way that would help the audience feel even more for these characters and events as they progress.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Watching this movie inspired Reuters photo journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner, Yannis Behrakis to pursue a career in photo journalism. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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