Rules of Engagement (2000)
USA / English
"A hero should never have to stand alone.
"An attorney defends an officer on trial for ordering his troops to fire on civilians after they stormed a U.S. embassy in a third world country.
It occurs to me after seeing "The Rules of Engagement" how one thing
can lead to another. Point, things are not always as they seem. For
Hayes Hodges,(Tommy Lee Jones) a sort of 'underdog' lawyer, who is
taking a case that, he feels he has been pulled into. You can see the
doubt in his eyes. National Security Adviser Sokal, played by(Bruce
Green)a great 'pick' for that role!! Sokal, is viewing an American
embassy security video tape, wants to bury the copy, for his own career
appeasement. Sokal offers no help, and seems in all sense to be
anti-military as his actions show that he is not there to find the
truth, rather to get an answer that will sit well with his boss and in
the public's eye.
This shows the lack of backing that the government will sometimes give
to the troops, or some military situations that tend to be to
'politically hairy', when the media takes over, bringing heat and
starting to paint a picture about a story that is not fully accurate.
That will get some people in harms way, fast and to some certain death!
Samuel L Jackson(Childers) and Tommy Lee Jones' (Hayes Hodges)
characters, are close friends. When Terry Childers approaches Hodges,
with a crisis on his hands, it makes his friend that has 'chewed
jungle' with Terry before, very uneasy and of of center. Hayes in his
quest for answers takes a plane trip to the embassy and the surrounding
city to investigate further, but ends up not liking what he is
learning. Furthermore, Terry looks as if he has painted himself into a
corner, by the story he has given to 'Hodge' and with Ambassador
Mourain (Ben Kingsley) who Childers was coming to take out (rescue)
from a fiery situation, is not any help at this point at all for
Terry's defense. Guy Pierce plays an upcoming and hungry prosecutor,
(Maj. Mark Biggs) who wants Jackson's character, to do nothing less
than prison, for a middle eastern incident at an American base in
Yemen. With Hodge getting upset and the upsetting turning to anger,
things are starting to get done.
This is an excellent military drama that ranks with "A Few Good Men"
only prefer this one, over, "Santiago had no code!" as far as an
enveloping action drama story. Some will disagree, but this one doesn't
let you down. Recommended highly!(****) Great direction, William
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