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Published on June 17th, 2010 | by Chris

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Under Heavy Fire (2001)


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The road to hell is paved with good intentions, or so they say. This movie pretty much embodies that sentiment.

Under Heavy Fire (2001)Take five Vietnam Marine Corps vets involved in a sketchy incident which left several members of their squad dead, and take them *back* to the scene of the crime some years later.  Forcing them to relive the incident and pretty much everything else that they went through.  That's what Under Heavy Fire is all about.

The road to hell is paved with good intentions, or so they say.  This movie pretty much embodies that sentiment.  What could be an absolutely stellar story is, quite frankly ruined by writing and casting, and unfortunately, acting.

Casper Van Diem seems to reprise his usual McGruff role here as the Captain of the unit, and the supposed criminal, Ramsey.  But he's pretty much a caricature of your stereotypical "jarhead", with his chain-smoking (but still able to take off on a long brisk jog, um, no.), rough demeanor, and barking orders in his captain's voice after all this time.  Once a Marine always a Marine? Maybe, but I wouldn't think so after being court-martialed....

The rest of the bunch also seem to be intended as "archetypes" if you will, maybe to represent a cross section of what might happen to a typical group of vets.  The priest, the scholar, the used-car salesman, the redneck.... Instead they're merely stereotypes.  Throw in a semi-attractive female who's supposed to be coordinating this reunion for a video piece (with the obligatory and pointless romantic interlude) and the train is well on its way to derailing.

Which it does, of course, at the end.  They return to the scene of the crime and the flashbacks ensue, the real culprit is revealed, blood and tears are shed, and everyone parts ways with a renewed respect and admiration for each other.

Along the way they visit various other sites and people they encountered during their time in the Nam.  Now, these scenes of confrontation and redemption could have really moved things along, and in a few places they did, but the execution just isn't there.

When this was over, I was left feeling that this *could* have been an excellent movie.  Like I said the intention is there, the core story and emotion is there.  In some places it actually works, and works well, But the overall execution just killed it.  If it hadn't been for the absolute cheddar about-face-and-salute moment at the end I might have even rated this higher.  The not-so-good bits smother the good bits, and its really too bad.

I couldn't find a trailer, or a clip, but the entire thing appears to be available on YouTube.  I won't link to it, but you should be able to find it easy enough.

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0243278/
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  • Casper Van Dien
  • Jaimz Woolvett
  • Bobby Hosea
  • Joseph Griffin
  • Kenny Johnson

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Under Heavy Fire, January 26, 2004
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I had recently watched this movie one early Sunday morning around 3:00am when I couldn't sleep. I at first thought it was one of those B rated movies so I choose to continue watching it and yes the acting wasn't all that great, but what intriqued me mostly about the movie was the fact that Veterans's were returning back to Vietnam and reliving nightmares and dealing with old demons and problems. The acting was alright considering what the movie was about. It really captured my attention when mistakes were made with the command structure and how misunderstanding and anger brought these band of brothers back together after so many years of pain. So hey the movie made it's point to me and that is why I ordered the DVD so I can watch it again. Great job Capser Van Diem and the remaining cast. Thanks!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable movie, superb acting., February 13, 2003
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Sierra N. Crane (Meshoppen, PA United States) - See all my reviews
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I must disagree with the former reviewer, I saw nothing racist about this movie at all. As a matter of fact, I thought the movie portrayed the good and bad sides of American soldiers quite well.
In one scene, the Americans are fighting the North Vietnamese and fire into a crowd of civilians to kill one. They kill everyone in the crowd, an action that warrants the men the disgust of their leader.
The movie focuses on Ramsey, who fought in the war and whose men now hate him. There are many flashbacks, showing heroism and brutality. At the end, the reasons behind the men's hatred for Ramsey are revealed...and what really happened when the men were under friendly fire.
There is a lot of swearing, so it is definitely not for children. I enjoyed it nonetheless. Casper van Dien is incredible in his difficult role as Ramsey--young and old.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vietnam at it's best...and worst., March 26, 2012
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I know a lot of people didn't like this movie, but I just finished watching it and have to give my full, honest opinion on what this movie seems to be about from my point of view.

The movie centers on two things--survivors from a Marine line company of which Marine Capt. Ramsey(Casper Van Dien)takes command and leads the men through several scenes. Everything from viewing the bodies of enemy troops who were killed in a B-52 strike, to the Battle of Hue during the Tet Offensive of '68, and to the fateful day in the rice paddies when several Marines obviously rebel against one of the captain's orders and march off unknowingly towards an NVA ambush, where the captain tries to call down artillery fire on the enemy in the treeline and several Americans die when the shells land on their own position instead. Ramsey is immediately blamed for this disaster, even though an inquiry doesn't feel the same way.

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Summary: The road to hell is paved with good intentions, or so they say. This movie pretty much embodies that sentiment.

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