Wednesday 15th January 2011

Hart's War

Director: Gregory Hoblit
Year: 2002
Stars: Colin Farrell, Bruce Willis, Terrence Howard

This is another film that's been sat waiting to be watched for ages, having been recorded, oh, about two years ago now? It's also another film where I'm not sure quite why it's taken so long to watch it - the only reason I can think of is that there were a lot of war movies being shown on TV at the same time, and I wasn't fussed about watching this much at the time.

Hart's War follows Lieutenant Hart (Farrell), as he ends up in a German POW camp, and is forced to defend a black man for a crime he may, or may not, have committed.

How rife racism was during the Second World War isn't something I've ever really thought about if I'm honest. This film certainly brings the issue to the forefront. However, that's not to say it doesn't have flaws. What it does do well is put things in shades of gray. So gray, in fact, that it's black and white conclusion didn't feel very black and white at all to me. I'm still not convinced that the men it claims are the good ones were really the good ones - they certainly had significant flaws.

Hart's War is a very watchable movie that will certainly make you think. It just might also confuse you as to what to think - although perhaps this isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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I live in Bristol with my husband Dan (who I married in July 2007), my son Joe (born 2012) and daughter Jess (born 2015). I work at UWE (the University of the West of England) in Bristol as a Research and Open Access Librarian. I'm orginally from Exeter, so moving back to Bristol is a bit like coming home - especially as I studied for my undergraduate degree here (also at UWE). I love travelling and movies, although I get to do a lot less of both since the birth of our children. Although we have still managed to fit in holidays to the Isles of Scilly, Chamonix and a summer in California since Joe was born.