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Lieutenant Thomas Hart, Colin Farrell is the son of a Senator so he?s kept a relatively safe distance from the front doing office work. That is until he takes on a chauffeuring job and ends up behind enemy lines where he?s captured, tortured and then thrown into prisoner of war camp where the boss cocky is Colonel William McNamara, Bruce Willis. For some reason Hart is not welcomed into the officers quarters, he?s put in with the enlisted men and soon so are two downed black pilots. This causes tensions amongst southern rednecks like Bedford, Cole Hauser, who engineers the death of one of the black officers. When Bedford is murdered suspicion falls on the other, Lt. Scott, Terrence Howard. The camp commandant, Marcel Iures, agrees to a court martial. Hart, who hasn?t finished his law degree, is put in charge of the defence by McNamara. This very ambitious screenplay by Billy Ray and Terry George based on John Katzenback?s novel takes on more than it can deal with in two hours. It has big themes like cowardice, loyalty, racism, it has action, a courtroom drama, and a classic POW story, it has internal tensions between the Americans and a power play between the two commanders. And while there are good ingredients ? the performances of Farrell, Howard and Iures particularly, Bruce Willis is effectively granite-faced, and Gregory Hoblit?s direction is smart, you feel nothing has been developed as effectively as it could have been.