Movie Review: A Few Good Men

Movie review A Few Good Men

A Few Good Men, directed by Rob Reiner, mainly focuses on the court-martial of two U.S. Marines accused of murdering their colleague Private William Santiag and the troubles of their lawyers as they manage to protect the clients. In the movie, a Marine dies following a clouding incident and two young Marines are accused of the death. However, a curious Navy legal ace thinks that there’s more to the incident and requires more investigation.

Adapted from a Broadway play, the story of the movie is very appealing. The largest part of the film is crammed with set pieces in which the actors are seated at restaurants and in court rooms and offices. The actors continually discuss about the case and the problems around it. A Few Good Men brings up complex and interesting issues surrounding the military and about the duties of soldiers in uniform: the nature of conformity, persecution of inferior ones, and the charge of unquestioning obedience to superiors. It also teaches that regardless of how high an official may rank, they aren’t manipulators to the law and should respect it. A positive result in the movie is the manner the culpable guys are punished. In a word, the film A Few Good Men asks the question whether you go after your duty and your sense of right or wrong.

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