Michael Sauter
July 12, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Hart's War

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
125 minutes
Wide Release Date
02/15/02
performer
Colin Farrell, Bruce Willis, Rory Cochrane, Cole Hauser, Terrence Howard, Vicellous Reon Shannon
director
Gregory Hoblit
distributor
MGM
author
Billy Ray
genre
Drama, War

We gave it a C

HART’S WAR Bruce Willis, Colin Farrell (2002, MGM, 125 mins., R, also on DVD) As the highest-ranking Yank in a Nazi POW camp, Willis gives one of his clenched, stoic, ”serious actor” performances. But even that is wasted motion in a genre muddle that starts in Stalag 17 mode, slaps on a simplistic racial conflict, then mutates into a speechifying courtroom drama, before closing with a tepid Great Escape action-flick finale. The credits list two screenwriters, but this feels like the work of twice that many — all trying to tell a different story.

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