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.
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.
Un bel film di denuncia di Weir,che racconta non solo un paese sull'orlo di una guerra civile ma anche di un mondo occidentale che non vuole o peggio non riesce a capire una realtà al di fuori dei propri modelli sociali e culturali.Scene di piazza molto convincenti,ma con qualche enfasi di troppo e atteggiamenti a volte troppo forzati. Cmq un buon film,con un Gibson ancora lucido e una Weaver bellissima.
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.