Year of Release: 2003
Director: Gregor Jordan
Approx. Running Time: 99 minutes
My Rating: 3 stars (Out of 5)
From Back Cover:
Joaquin Phoenix (Signs, Gladiator) leads an all-star cast in a wickedly funny comedy that entertains in the edgy tradition of Pulp Fiction! A U.S. soldier with nothing to fight but boredeom as the Cold War winds down, Ray Elwood (Phoenix) enjoys the rush of trading anything he can get his hands on in West Germany's booming black market... while his inept commander (Ed Harris - The Hours) is none the wiser. Everything is perfect... until he starts dating the new sergeant's daughter (Anna Paquin - X-Men 1 & 2)! But before he can pull off one last big score, Elwood's excalating personal war with Sergeant Lee (Scott Glen - Training Day) will send him deeper into a deadly mess... that may not have a way out!
This movie caught a lot of flack for its less-than-heroic depiction of American soldiers. But these are not soldiers at war fighting for anyone's freedom. This film takes place during a time of relative peace and the main adversary of the soldiers depicted here is boredom. The first few times I watched this movie, I didn't like it. But it seems to have grown on me and has a nice dark humor to it.
Rated R (MPAA)