We gave it a B-
”Pop patriotism” doesn’t do much for Hoblit. ”But in terms of honest and true patriotism, I’m all there,” the director says. ”And this movie is certainly about men in uniform who seek honor in the face of unspeakable circumstances.” Willis plays an American colonel in a German POW camp whose grim makeshift community is rocked by racism and murder.
To capture the bleakness of space and spirit, the movie was filmed in winter at an old Russian army base outside Prague. ”It was brutal,” says Hoblit. ”Bruce Willis would say, ‘I get depressed every time I come out here.”’ ”It was really tough,” concurs Farrell, who plays a prisoner assigned to defend the accused murderer.” ”But at the end of the day, we’re all just f—ing playactors with heated trailers and weekends in town. To actually have been there and gone through the harrowing experience is unimaginable.”