Dog Soldiers (2002)

(R) 105 mins

(R) 105 mins

Plot Summary: A routine military exercise turns into a nightmare in the Scotland wilderness.

Director & Writer: Neil Marshall

Stars: Sean Pertwee, Kevin McKidd, Emma Cleasby

Serious Jest: animated beer mug 25% (transparent bkgrd)animated beer mug 25% (transparent bkgrd) (Don’t Bother)  Think Predator, but with worse dialogue and much worse special effects (ironically, 15 years later). The “dog soldiers” were laughable.

It’s a shame because the plot and its twists had some real potential. Some of the actors, such as McKidd and Cleasby, were also pretty competent. Finally, it appears that the military technical advisors were pretty good, as well.

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Braveheart (1995)

(R) 177 mins

Synopsis: William Wallace, a commoner, unites the 13th Century Scots in their battle to overthrow English rule.

Director: Mel Gibson

Writer: Randall Wallace

Stars: Mel GibsonSophie Marceau and Patrick McGoohan

Serious Jest:  (Theater)  16 years later, I still find myself glued to the screen every time this film is on.  Apparently, it is extremely loosely “based” on the actual historical events and people that it purports to portray.  Nevertheless, everything else about this movie is extremely well done: the dialogue is compelling; the acting is convincing (not only is Gibson passionate and inspiring in his portrayal of William Wallace, but James Robinson, as young William, did an amazing job conveying raw emotion through superior mostly-non-verbal acting, as well); the scenery is beautiful; the score is riveting; and the battles are so exciting, we used clips from this film as motivational video in various Marine Corps schools I attended.  Watch this movie immediately if you haven’t seen it yet…buy this film if you don’t already own it!