Buffalo Soldiers Movie Review

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Buffalo Soldiers Movie Review

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Adapted from the novel by Robert
O'Connor, director Gregor Jordan's
film centres on an American Army base in
West Germany circa 1989.
With the Cold War winding down, the
troops stationed there have nothing but
time on their hands, and one in particular,
Ray Elwood (Joaquin Phoenix) has turned
his attention elsewhere. Having chosen life
in the army over a prison sentence for
grand theft auto, Elwood was never going
to be great military material, but the cocky
clerk has found another calling - dealing
drugs to his comrades and selling military
goods on the local black market, right
under the nose of the idiotic Colonel
Berman (Ed Harris). His comfortable life
finally comes crashing down around him
when the no-nonsense Sergeant Lee
(Scott Glenn) moves to the base and sets
about putting things straight. While he
gets into a personal battle with Lee over
his illegal business, Elwood ups the stakes
even further by dating the Sergeant's badgirl
daughter Robyn (Anna Paquin).
While this isn't particularly original - let's
face it, the plot is essentially a racier
version of Sgt Bilko - Buffalo Soldiers
delivers because neither of the two
protagonists are presented in black and
white terms. While Elwood may be the
film's nominal hero, it's easy to see why
Sgt. Lee detests him so much.
Part drama, part jet-black comedy, this
is a spry, scathing and often hilarious look
at the realities of military life during peace
time, with great performance all round.

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