It's too bad this movie couldn't shot in Indonesia because the government's regulations back then. THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY is less political than I thought. Although, it took place when G30S/PKI happened. I loved this movie because it has some interesting characters. There's an ABS reporter who was ready to risk everything and played by the great Mel Gibson. Not to mention, Linda Hunt's excellent acting too...
Mel Gibson: after Mad Max and Gallipoli only at the age of 26 he did this. His 3rd "real" movie. A careerist, an asshole, a beginner, who really doesn't know much, wants to land the hit. At which price? Any price? Friendship, ethics, moral, betrayel.. what's right, what's wrong. Make up your own judgement. Fantastic Mel Gibson, on a very early stage, with much more substance as before. Unforgettable: the eye scene.
Peter Weir's lush yet taut political thriller is a densely-layered delight set on the cusp of Indonesia's independence thrust with a military coup d'etat. At its center Mel Gibson as a reporter and Sigourney Weaver as a British military attache assistant enter a courtship led by Billy Kwan, a photographer who help's Gibson's character on report coverage. Linda Hunt plays Billy with charm, staging a Wayang kulit play.
Un hommage au dangereux métier de correspondant de presse en pays ou contrées en guerre, qui "héroïse" le personnage principal du film, remarquablement interprété par Mel Gibson. Pour notre part, on préfère tout de même l'oeuvre antérieure du metteur en scène, malgré la richesse d'écriture présente... www.cinefiches.com
Thematically messy, and fragmentary editing clouds the story, though it does mostly save it from sluggishness. When the film leaves Billy it loses its center, but it transcends its flaws to be a near-great film, thanks to an outstanding sense of place and Hunt's performance as Billy. Weaver, accent aside, hits the right note of maddening opacity, and it's nice to see Gibson at his pre-crazy, charismatic best.