October 20, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT

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
Stephen Gaghan
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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