Courage Under Fire (1996)

(On TV, September 2000) Years before Three Kings, this was the first film set during the Gulf War. Notice that it’s not about the Gulf War; it’s about a military investigator trying to find the truth about a helicopter pilot’s alleged heroism. Through various interviews, a Rashomon-like mosaic or truth emerges, both good and bad. (Though, in the end, definitely too sugary good to be very interesting) Not to be watched by those who are easily bored: The film starts out slow (after a good first five minutes) and remains that way for thirty minutes, until conflicting testimonies appear and things start to heat up. Then the film becomes compelling, but unfortunately you have to hang on until that point. A few actors slated for greatness – Meg Ryan, Denzel Washington, Matt Damon- pepper the film.

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