Review coming from Contributor: Julia Webster by August 31
2 hr. 8 min.
Year of Release:
August 19, 2011 (limited)
war in the Bible
What is the Biblical perspective on war? Answer
impossible, potentially deadly decisions faced by ordinary civilians in an occupied country
“The heart remembers what even history forgets.”
Producer’s synopsis: “a film by John Sayles / A fictional account of events during the Philippine-American War.
See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.
“…‘Amigo’ is not a simplistic parable of diabolical colonialists and their innocent victims.… ‘Amigo’ is a well-carpentered narrative, fast-moving and emphatic, stepping nimbly from gravity to good humor.…”
“…John Sayles tackles imperialism, racism and war in a film centered on the Philippine-American War.… the contemporary resonance of this portrait of racism and war, however obvious, is fully felt.”
“…Sayles has always had to work cheaply, but for the first time, the cheapness shows. The ‘vast’ jungle never looks much bigger than an acre or two; the massive U.S. Army seems to operate out of a bare office, and a tent. The picture is small, and cramped. But its people, and its ideas, aren’t. They’re big enough to still deserve some careful consideration.…”
“…overlong… preachy drama about the 1900 conquest of the former Spanish colony of the Philippines by the United States… [2/4]”
“…A complex political statement, ‘Amigo’ is epic in scale but trades the schmaltz of the traditional war film for a more resolute treatment of subject. The themes, characters and plotlines are hefty and resonant, and writer/director John Sayles treats each with sensitivity.…”
“…Good looking, atmospheric and steeped in the culture of the rural Philippines of the time… Sayles depicts the young U.S. soldiers as a rough and tender mix, with most having learned to demonize the enemy even as the Filipinos they meet turn out to be friendly and cooperative.…”
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