We gave it a D+
John Boorman is a daredevil of a director, as he showed with the fearsome brutalities of 1972’s Deliverance. He also cares nothing for the border between righteousness and pedantry, and his latest movie crosses and recrosses that line at will. Set in Burma during recent military crackdowns, Beyond Rangoon tells the semifictional tale of an American (Arquette) swept up by pro-democracy uprisings. She’s witness to a national tragedy, while dealing with one of her own. Sound mawkish? Yep. It’s also a ripping good adventure. Win one, lose one. With only a rental at stake, you too can afford to be brave.