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Opposing Force (1986)

 -  Action | Drama | Thriller  -  August 1986 (USA)
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The commander of an Air Force camp simulates prisoner-of-war conditions for realistic training goes too far, creating all too real torture situations. He prays on the only woman in the experiment.

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Logan
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Casey
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Becker
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Stafford
Robert Wightman ...
Botts
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General MacDonald
George Cheung ...
Tuan (as George Kee Cheung)
Paul Joynt ...
Ripkin
Jay Louden ...
Stevenson
Ken Wright ...
Conway
Dan Hamilton ...
Ross
Warren McLean ...
Dunn (as Warren MacLean)
John Melcher ...
Jerrell
Scott Sanders ...
De Carlo
Jerald Williams ...
Fisher
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A group of elite soldiers, including one woman, sign up for the ultimate training mission. The group parachutes onto a remote island, where their objective is to reach the safety zone before the "opposing force" captures them. Everything does not go as expected, and the training mission turns into the real thing. Written by Markus Laine <watcher@coos.dartmouth.edu>

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Where civilization ends and survival begins. See more »

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Hellcamp  »

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When Casey gets put into the isolation box for the first time, she is wearing an orange POW poncho. A close up of her inside the box, however, clearly shows the outline of her unit patch on the shoulder of her flight suit. When she is taken out, she is still wearing the poncho. Only during the second time she is put into the box is she wearing her flight suit. See more »

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Becker: After a few times, you'll be the one in control.
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G.I. Jane meets Dr. Strangelove on the River Kwai
7 May 2004 | by (Raleigh, NC) – See all my reviews

"Opposing Force [1986]" wasn't as good as "Dr. Strangelove" and it wasn't as good as "The Bridge on the River Kwai". Heck, it wasn't even as good as "G.I. Jane", which is pretty sad.

The film revolves around a basic ethical problem: In a simulated prisoner-of-war situation, how far can you go before you start breaking the law? What exactly IS the law in such a situation? How can you simulate the torture of someone without actually torturing someone? Can you intentionally inflict pain? How about breaking bones? Mock executions? Sexual abuse? Severe blood loss? Real guns with bullets? Death? Somewhere between these is a really fuzzy line dividing "acceptable" from "atrocious".

Now, what could you do if you found yourself in such a training program and the lines between simulation and reality begin to vanish? What could you do? This movie attempts to portray this dilemma.

I found it interesting to see the types of tactics used in "resistance training". I have a brother who went through the USAF's POW training program. According to him, it was pretty close to the mark technically.

The film has a fairly good premise, but it doesn't have a particularly good story. I wondered if it might be based on some actual event, but it became pretty apparent that it wasn't when the explosions started. They must have changed scriptwriters three quarters into the film, because it takes a real extreme turn and devolves into a somewhat pointless shoot-em-up with lots of distracting explosions.

I found it to have a rather unsatisfying ending; again, kind of pointless. I'm left wondering what the point of the whole thing was - I'm beginning to suspect there simply wasn't one. It could have been much better with just a little more story to go along with the fireworks.


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