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Set in 1971, when America was a nation divided over the escalating violence and bloodshed of the Vietnam War, TIGERLAND begins when thousands of young soldiers had already lost their lives to the war, and thousands more were preparing to enter combat. In Fort Polk, Louisiana, a group of young soldiers-in-training has conflicting opinions about the war. Jim Paxton (Matthew Davis) is an idealistic romantic who sees Vietnam as potential inspiration for future novels and romantic war stories. Roland Bozz (Colin Farrell) is a rebellious antihero who decides that he wants no part of the army or the war and begins to disobey orders, trying to get expelled from the infantry. Paxton and Bozz become leaders to a small group of young draftees, and Bozz inspires them to question authority. As they enter Tigerland--a training process in which the soldiers simulate combat in the Louisiana wilderness--the men begin to realize just how far they will go to stay out of the war. This gritty, documentary-like vision of the war is engaging and incredibly moving, employing natural lighting, handheld cameras, and realistic dialogue to encapsulate the deeply internalized psychological journeys of the characters. Irishman Farrell gives a breakout performance as Bozz, replete with intense charisma and brooding outlaw heroism.
Matt Davis, Matthew Davis, Clifton Collins, Tom Guiry, Thomas Guiry, Russell Richardson, Shea Whigham, Colin Farrell, Cole Hauser
"...Mr. Schumacher has assembled a hard-working young cast led by the Irish actor Colin Farrell..."
New York Times
"...[Schumacher's] best, most affecting work since FALLING DOWN....Galvanizing passion..."
"...The rawest film ever made by Joel Schumacher..." -- 3 out of 4 stars
"...Colin Farrell excels....Schumacher and the actors prevail by fixing their sights on what happens to men on that last stop before the game of war becomes a grim reality..."
"...It's a fine showcase for spirited performances from a dozen up-and-coming actors..."
Sight and Sound
"...FARRELL takes TIGERLAND by the scruff of the neck and shakes it to life....He's got the kind of relaxed, attention-commanding presence that screams 'STAR!!'..."
"...[A] taut, spare drama, which is consistently fresh, engrossing and unpredictable....TIGERLAND is tightly constructed and culminates with a stunningly appropriate charge of ambiguity..."
Los Angeles Times
"Mr. Farrell seems to draw the camera toward him without giving it a tumble."
Wall Street Journal
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