A classic searing slice of Oliver Stone anti-US conservative forces invective, this characterful, action pic depicts James Woods’s Richard Boyle covering the Salvadorian civil war, and becoming entangled with both the right wing military and left-wing freedom fighters.
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James Woods should have received the Academy Award for this film, he was nothing short of brilliant in this film. This is also Oliver Stone at the top of his form, not too preachy and not too crazy, just a happy medium for Mr. Stone that yields great results.
To me, not many films have managed to capture the absolute chaos of cival war like 'Salvador' did. It's a relentless and ultraviolent ride through hell and features an outstanding performance from James Woods as both an idealist and an adrenaline-driven maverick. Stone brings his own provocative views on US foreign miltary politics and even manages to portray both sides as equally murderous. Arguably his masterpiece.
There are some tough moments, which really bring home the suffering of the civil war, and it makes some cogent points about the chasm between those on the ground, and back home. But everything considered, these moments are too few.
A smart, ambitious early directorial effort from Stone. The tone is alternately somber and funny and it captures the chaos, the misery and the warmth of being in a falling in love with a foreign country falling apart. James Woods gives a mesmerizing performance as the quintessential Woods weasel. Seems to gain strength as it goes. 7.8/10
Also, props to John Savage, as usual.
Discreto lavoro di Stone,che racconta in modo duro la politica imperialista americana in uno dei suoi tanti aspetti che non vengono troppo risaltati dall'opinione pubblica.La prima parte non è mi è piaciuta,sembra quasi parodistica,poi sale di tono nella centrale,i momenti di panico e guerriglia sono resi molto bene e sono ottimi gli scontri dialettici con i funzionari americani,mentre il finale lacera in due.3,5*