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Published on June 17th, 2010 | by Chris

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Under Heavy Fire (2001)


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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.

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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Under Heavy Fire (Ws)

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Binding: DVD
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Audience Rating: R (Restricted)
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Actors:
  • Casper Van Dien
  • Jaimz Woolvett
  • Bobby Hosea
  • Joseph Griffin
  • Kenny Johnson

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  • Factory sealed DVD

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4.0 out of 5 stars Well done and gripping, April 15, 2017
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Reading the negative reviews, one suspects that the reviewers are panning the movie because they didn't like the content and/or the message (whatever they think that might have been).
The movie proceeds in a series of flashbacks, which is interesting and effective. The acting is good and the cinematography is excellent, as is the soundtrack - very appropriate.
The biggest flaws are connected to the main issue: how did the friendly fire incident occur. Since there was a court-martial, one would think that the issue of who gave the wrong coordinates to the artillery would have been brought up there. But seemingly not. On the other hand, few real-life trials (either military or civilian) seem to deal with all the pertinent facts in a competent way.
The scene where the truth comes out is actually the weakest - a bit too much running around with random screaming (yes, they all have PTSD but it's odd that everyone flipped out at the same time) and the fact that two of... Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not Really Worth the Time, May 2, 2017
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There are good things to recommend this movie for, but the story and writing are deeply flawed. By the time we reach the climax the film it has degraded into one big mass of stereotypes and clichés about Viet Nam, the military, veterans, journalists, PTSD, etc. Sad to say, it's not really worth the time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, April 23, 2017
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War sucks but we come together to help each other from pain, the truth was revealed
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Under Heavy Fire (2001) Chris

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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