A squad of National Guards on an isolated weekend exercise in the Louisiana swamp must fight for their lives when they anger local Cajuns by stealing their canoes. Without live ammunition and in a strange country, their experience begins to mirror the Vietnam experience.
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An underrated psychological action-thriller from director Walter Hill. More than just a shoot-em-up action movie, it's an engrossing and intense story of survival with strong performances, great bayou atmosphere, and sharp writing by Hill and David Giler. The strange, atmospheric, and darkly ambiguous ending is particularly memorable and intriguing. A contemporary classic that deserves to be better known.
Not nearly as nail-biting and tense as I hoped. Sure, the last ten minutes is suspenseful paranoia and action does sublimely well, but most of the rest of Southern Comfort feels like it's Deliverance-lite in its thrills. And this machoness is all that it offers, as there's no room for soft emotions or depth of character in a Walter Hill picture. It's not the director's strongest work in terms of momentum and action.