Haing S. Ngor gives an incredible performance in this gripping picture that not only criticizes the governments but the journalists who use natives to get in places just to get a story, not really thinking about the consequences. A great film that poses the hard questions of what is more important than human life.
A flawed but memorable film about the Cambodian genocide involving two journalists, one American & one Cambodian, who get caught in the Khmer Rouge's taking of power in the 1970s. The film is well directed & well shot & features many great acting performances. However, the film suffers from focusing too much on Waterston's Sidney Schanberg character & not making Dith Pran the protagonist. [cont.]
There's a really amazing half hour or so of a character's internment in and subsequent escape from a forced labor camp that's disturbing and moving in equal parts. It makes how crummy the rest of this film is all the more pitiable by comparison.
High-octane political drama and one that chronicles the Khmer Rouge politicide in Cambodia. Not only it benefits from electrifying perfromances by the entire cast, it also conveys superbly the mounting tension as the Khmer Rouge besiege the American Embassy. It thus balances well the perspective of the Western eye with the Dith Pran's experience in the camps and in the road to freedom. Engrossing and well-directed.
Great second half, but Sam Waterson's character and the chained perspective to his respective white liberal performance of sentiment and surprise outrage steals the perspective from what was never a story centered around white people who initiated the crisis to begin with. Would have been better if had been centered around Haing's character through the whole film, Waterson's only good scene was the award speech.
I enjoyed the second part of this film a lot better than the first half. Film everyone should see based on knowledge of our history. Unfortunate that many of the graves and division the killing fields made still remains there today.
Duro e crudo film di denuncia del genocidio cambogiano,visto attraverso gli occhi di un "ospite" e di un "indigeno". Joffe'mette il timbro sulla disperazione e sul menefreghismo del mondo,e mostra i protagonisti in completa balia di qualcosa molto più grande di loro. A volte vira verso il melenso,ma và ammirato soprattutto per la denuncia che mette in atto. Buon lavoro.