Southern Comfort (Review)

southern_comfortThe Louisiana home guard head into the swamps for a march in full kit through rough and uncharted terrain.

A quick short cut to save time sees the nine men run afoul of a small settlement of Cajun trappers. While the initial incident is deeply unfortunate and borne of a moment of soldier idiocy, the events that further escalate the situation are even more unforgivable.

With no map, only a few bullets and no home ground advantage, the odds are somehow against these semi-trained soldiers, who continue to do themselves no favours. At times it seems as if the soldiers are taking turns at doing dumb, inflammatory shit.

With the pressure increasing the tension rises and infighting begins.  Similarly damaging is the lack of a central figure within the troops, though Fred Ward, Keith Carradine and Powers Boothe all take their shots.

The film shows traces of becoming first a Deliverance style drama and then a First Blood type action piece, but like the soldiers lacks the discipline and the ability. The tacked on finale only seems to provide the formerly faceless bad guys with some minor screen time.

Final Rating – 6 / 10. Walter Hill directed many fine films in the 70s and 80s, Southern Comfort is not one of them.

About OGR

While I try to throw a joke or two into proceedings when I can all of the opinions presented in my reviews are genuine. I don't expect that all will agree with my thoughts at all times nor would it be any fun if you did, so don't be shy in telling me where you think I went wrong... and hopefully if you think I got it right for once. Don't be shy, half the fun is in the conversation after the movie.
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