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Courage Under Fire
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by Ryan Arthur

"Denzel and Damon. You can't really go wrong."
5 stars

It's good.

Director Ed Zwick made Glory, one of the greatest war movies ever made, about a regiment of black soldiers during the Civil War. Denzel Washington won an Oscar for his role in that film.

In Courage Under Fire, Zwick and Washington reteam to tell the story of Captain Karen Walden (Meg Ryan) killed in combat during the Gulf War. She's due to be posthumously awarded the Medal Of Honor. Lt. Col. Nat Serling (Washington) is investigating her worthiness by speaking with her crew and reconstructing the events that led to her death. He, too, was in the Gulf War, and accidentally killed one of his own men with friendly fire. The story of his dealing with that mistake runs parallel to his investigation of Walden.

Serling is tortured, but he uncovers what really happened among Walden's crew, which includes a gunner with attitude (Lou Diamond Phillips in a bit of a comeback) and a medic who has a heroin problem (Matt Damon).

Courage Under Fire is completely engrossing, with a powerful story and standout performances from Washington, Ryan (going against type slightly) and a then unknown Damon.

It's well worth your time and money.

It's really good.

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User Comments

10/01/14 solid as rock One of the best damon denzel films ever 5 stars
8/18/14 Katherine Herrick Excellent and intriguing movie that had me rewinding throughout. 4 stars
11/23/13 Lord Fantastic underrated movie 5 stars
1/26/08 Pamela White excellent flick Ryan is supurb 5 stars
1/03/06 kitfo interesting premise braought down by Meg Ryan and obligatory patriotism-in-the-end 3 stars
11/06/05 noops a gr8 film taken in realistic way 5 stars
8/11/05 ES Mildly entertaining about a war that shouldn't have happened 3 stars
7/27/04 R.W. Welch Somewhat soapy treatment of the "fog of war" theme, but dandy acting. 4 stars
3/27/04 Littlepurch. Dont want 2 giv this 5 stars but can't think of a physical reason 2 giv it less.Actors gr8. 5 stars
12/11/03 john much better than I expected Meg Ryan is very good in it 4 stars
8/12/03 Jim Interesting study of guilt, fear, and courage. Denzel's not only under fire during the war. 5 stars
6/04/03 Picky critic Good enough to remember, but not so special 3 stars
3/23/03 Marge Pegram Meg's Gem 5 stars
9/26/02 Movie guy A GOOD FILM 5 stars
4/15/00 Elvisfan great Denzel; overacted by a butch Meg & a skinny smoking Matt 4 stars
7/03/99 Daria Very good 5 stars
11/25/98 Fred Denzel fuckin sucks. Abrams tankers didn't shoot the troops, they just bulldozed em over. 2 stars
11/16/98 Lord Of The Dunce A good solid film. Great direction, Denzel - feh. 4 stars
11/05/98 tom matt damon should have gotten a lot more attention from this flik 5 stars
9/05/98 pooky the bald I thought Denzel was weak. But I think he's always weak. 4 stars
9/05/98 Jon Like Ryan_A said...Denzel and Damon---you can't go wrong. Awesome movie. 5 stars
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