**½/**** Image A- Sound A Extras B-
starring Bruce Willis, Colin Farrell, Terrence Dashon Howard, Vicellous Reon Shannon
screenplay by Billy Ray and Terry George, based on the novel by John Katzenbach
directed by Gregory Hoblit
by Walter Chaw Director Gregory Hoblit's fourth consecutive celluloid guilty pleasure, Hart's War constantly dances the razor's edge of offensively pat (equating Nazi Germany with Macon, GA circa 1944) while providing enough canned tension and studied theatricality to put A Few Good Men to shame. With Bruce Willis as a smirky secondary character and largely-untested Irishman Colin Farrell asked to shoulder the brunt of the courtroom hijinks, Hart's War is an exceptionally well-done bad movie that hums along on its earnestness. Though if you think of the film at all after the lights come up, best not to contemplate the plot, which is littered with holes like P-51 rocket craters.