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Rules of Engagement (2000)
Rules of Engagement is pretty Engaging
Rules of Engagement, released in 2000, is a controversial film on some levels but quite a simple story. The rules that a soldier must up hold to save his or her life are also the same rules that can be used to condemn him or her. The film is obviously controversial because of the subject matter concerning the military and the Arabs but the movie is basically about friendship and the thin line between what makes a soldier a hero or a cold hearten murderer. However everyone is entitled to how the movie touches them.
This is probably Friedkin's finest film since To Live and Die in L.A. The way the courtroom scenes were filmed completely engaged and sucked me into each parties argument in the case. The scenes reminded me of his earlier movies that involved court case like Rampage(1987) and his brilliant 1997 remake of 12 Angry Men. The scenes were very tense.
The performances were top notch and the action sequences were very believable and realistic, just like in any of Friedkin's other movies, he used documentary techniques and making things appear out of control and into complete chaos. The protest scene in the film is quite similar to the riot scene in Sorcerer(1977), the Chinatown car chase in Jade(1995), the bridge sequence in The Hunted(2003).
William Friedkin is Freaken Awesome
I love this film, its my favorite William Friedkin film, and i believe its probably his best film ever. The film stays true to his style as an intense filmmaker, who wants everything to be reality based and realistic as possible. The only problem with the film is the title, it gives off the wrong image in peoples mind of what to expect. They should have call it "Wages of Fear." Another disappointment for me is i heard that a special edition digitized version of the movie was about to be released and over a year later nothing is even out. I love this movie and it should have gotten at least 5 Oscar nominations for 1977. I hope Friedkin makes another movie soon. Universal and Paramount needs to release the DVD now or I'm gonna cry.