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Rules of Engagement

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Rules of Engagement

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
128 minutes
performer:
Samuel L. Jackson, Tommy Lee Jones, Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce
director:
William Friedkin
distributor:
Paramount Pictures
author:
10604
genre:
Drama, War

We gave it a C-

In this drawn-out drama that, strangely, neither rules nor is engaging, Jackson plays a disgraced Marine officer who hires buddy Jones, a semi-successful lawyer, to defend him after an overseas military operation goes bust. Director William Friedkin’s courtroom finale is annoyingly anticlimactic, but it’s his emphasis on gore and overly jingoistic imagery that gives Rules of Engagement its unnervingly exploitative taste. C-

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