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  • Summary: Retired Marine Colonel and attorney Hays Hodges (Jones) defends his old friend and comrade-in-arms Col. Terry Childers (Jackson), a highly decorated 30-year Marine veteran, who has been court-martialed for ordering his troops to fire on a hostile crowd storming the U.S. embassy in Yemen which results in the deaths of many civilians. Expand
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  1. But the single most compelling performance may belong to Australian actor Guy Pearce.
  2. 70
    Friedkin turns on the juice and Jones and Jackson let it rip.
  3. The setup doesn't make sense from the get-go.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    50
    A broad and obvious approach to ambiguous material that's virtually all plot mechanics with little nuance or characterization.
  5. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    50
    What rescues the movie, time and again, is the strength of Jones' and Jackson's performances.
  6. Reviewed by: Richard T. Jameson
    38
    Pearce is shot in such distorting closeups that he looks like an overdeveloped athlete who's been getting steroid injections in his cheeks.
  7. The clichés lap like bay waves, from the salutes to the brotherly brawl to the olive-oil tear streaks semipermanently painted down Jackson's cheeks.

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