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No dialogue and no commercial interruptions... How much better can it
get?! This was some of the best TV I have ever seen! I was wowed by the
suspense, William Hurt's presence and the fascinating toy soldiers.
William Hurt has aged and I couldn't take my eyes off him. His face was an enigma itself. He's a hardened hit-man who has to outsmart some tiny, but committed adversaries, and one just can't figure out how it will end up.
The most amazing part was watching a TV show with no dialogue! All action! William Hurt, fine actor that he is, is just the perfect choice for such a difficult role.
I wish there were more shows like this, but, sadly, there haven't been. Thank you, Stephen King!
But all I can say is thank goodness William Hurt is back!
BTW, his IMDb biography is missing all the interesting parts of his life. I heard him on a radio interview the other day, and I think his life story would make one hell of a book! He was reticent to talk about himself but what did come out was FASCINATING!
Give us more, Bill!
This debut episode in the 'Nightmares & Dreamscapes' miniseries based on Stephen King stories is an adaptation of the short story that appeared in the "Night Shift" collection. There's no fooling around here: this is a straightforward suspense / action flick with a fair amount of gore and a very game performance by William Hurt. 'Battleground' doesn't waste time with filler, it just has fun with its utterly fantastic premise. Hurt plays Jason Renshaw, a highly capable professional hit man who as the story begins executes the boss of a toy company. Shortly after, he retires to his snazzy residence in a high rise apartment building, and receives a package in the mail. This package turns out to be full of toy soldiers, their weapons, and vehicles. That may sound harmless, but these things have a life of their own, and are able to inflict serious damage on our protagonist. During one eventful night, he and the toy soldiers have it out in their own private battle. Adding to the amusement factor, there's a nice nod to the classic "Amelia" segment of the 1975 TV horror anthology 'Trilogy of Terror' and at one point fans of Kings' work will be reminded of his story "The Ledge" which got adapted as the middle segment of the 1985 anthology "Cat's Eye". Director Brian Henson, son of the legendary Jim Henson, directs with efficiency, with adapting honours going to Richard Christian Matheson, son of the equally legendary Richard Matheson. The special effects here are truly impressive, not to mention the ingenious camera-work. This helps the viewer to truly be swept into the action, along with music by Jeff Beal that keeps the momentum going. Dialogue is kept to a bare minimum; in fact, Renshaw, the only principal human character, utters not a word during the whole thing. Actions speak louder than words here. However, it is nice to see Bruce Spence from "The Road Warrior" as the victim at the beginning and Mia Sara (who would go on to marry Henson) from "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" as the lovely passenger on the plane. This is just pure fun, this episode, and a pretty respectful adaptation of the story. It's not without humour, which is another good thing. All in all, these are 55 minutes that go by quickly enough. Eight out of 10.
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I had waited so long to sink myself into Nightmares and Dreamscapes. I
am a HUGE Stephen King fan and I have had this in my personal
collection for honestly years and I finally started to sit down with
it. I started with "Battleground." It absolutely has the King flag of
weird, creepy, often bizarre overtones. Another reviewer commented that
this "wasn't scary at all," well no...it isn't meant to be scary. Fans
of The Twilight Zone or similar shows or even King's other works will
know that his "horror" is not always "scary" in the traditional sense.
Its the absolutely outrageous and bizarre things happening to a person
and convincing the audience that this could happen to you. Add to the
fact of the uniqueness of Battleground that not a single is word is
spoken the entire thing. This was a pro and con to me. Yes, I
appreciate that for its artistic quality but was it necessary? It did
actually feel like it held back the story just a little bit. I would
have loved to have heard some inner dialogue or our main character
responding verbally to this incredibly implausible yet terrifying
situation. Its gory and twisted and best of all they make it believable
and that's how scary this is.
William Hurt is a legendary character actor in his own right. I've seen him do some incredible roles and he is just the sort of guy that brings this quiet intensity to his roles. I've always thought he played a great anti-hero and he is exactly that in this. He appears to be a killer of some kind who suddenly finds himself being attacked by toy soldiers...no kidding. Sound ridiculous? Well it isn't because he makes the role come to life. You believe he likely deserves what is happening to him and yet you're almost rooting for his survival right up to the final moment when you watch him succumb to the battle and give up. Hurt is really great in this role and I'm not sure there are many actors that could have done it the way he did. It is very nearly a one man show as Hurt goes up against the toys and there are just a few faces in the beginning.
I was a little surprised to see this segment was directed by Brian Henson. That seems like an odd choice considering he comes from directing and producing Muppets films but Henson's in general are creative and imaginative people and this is a very creative bizarre film that uses some very unique special effects. They actually make you feel emotion when Hurt stomps some of the toy soldiers and the camera shows them scrambling to "rescue" their wounded. I think it may even be the type of film that will grow on me the more I think about it. I also think it sort of has a distinctive 80's vibe to it and that is certainly a compliment as well. If you're looking for something outside of the box then you might find this one right up your alley. I look forward to the rest of the series and I think it will only get better. 7/10
A package of toys with soldiers, helicopters and heavy weapon??
Really??? Is that supposed to be scary??? A pack of toys fighting a
I wonder who give this tile the classification of "Horror". It doesn't even qualify as "Drama". It should have been "Comedy".
The "commando" toy, who is supposed to show an evil expression, completely wrecks the little suspense created by the other toys when he tries to stab the killer with a 6 mm knife.
The plot is very predictable. When the killer is counting the toys to see if one is missing, you KNOW there is one toy missing...
This is like Toy Story with aggressive toys instead of friendly and funny toys.
Don't waste an hour of your life watching this.
It doesn't worth it.
In Dallas, the hit man Jason Renshaw (William Hurt) breaks in the
headquarter of a toys company and kills Hans Morris, the manufacturer
and owner of the company. He returns to his fancy apartment in San
Francisco, and later he receives a package of toys with soldiers,
helicopters and heavy weapon. Suddenly he is attacked by the commando,
and he tries to survive.
"Battleground" is a very silly and naive episode, without dialogs and with the character performed by William Hurt being attacked by toys. The explosions and shootout on the fortieth floor of the elegant building do not bother any neighbor. My vote is six.
Title (Brazil): "Campo de Batalha" ("Battleground")
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