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Plot: A squad of National Guards on an isolated weekend exercise in the Louisiana swamp must fight for their lives when they anger local Cajuns by stealing their canoes. Without live ammunition and in a strange country, their experience begins to mirror the Vietnam experience.
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Neither Great Nor Terrible
In any movie when the lead characters are under siege or being stalked, it helps greatly if they behave in the most intelligent way possible. When their intelligent choices fail, the audience sympathizes and also feels a sense of growing dread.
You see this in a movie like Alien, which is of a different genre but not so dissimilar in basic structure. In that movie the characters, mostly scientists and technicians, make the right choice at every juncture based on the information they have, and still keep failing. There’s conflict in the group, but the dissenting characters always eventually do as told. The constant failure of intelligent choices is a large part of what makes the movie scary.
In Southern Comfort you have a group of National Guardsmen, a few of whom seem to have a pretty good grip on things, and five or so who are flat out stupid. The choices of the stupid characters drag down the entire group. That could be one theme Walter Hill was intending to explore, but I doubt it, because later, when the competent characters are finally in control, they also make bad choices.
I’m not saying this bothers me because I think soldiers are smart or that their training always works. That’s immaterial. The problem is that a group of stockbrokers or bus drivers or flamenco dancers could make better choices, so it isn’t what this says about soldiers that’s important, but what it says about the writers’ estimations of audience intelligence.
But okay, since the first bad choice is made during the opening credits when one character callously cuts through a fishing net (not a spoiler), we know the soldiers are going to bring trouble on themselves due to their sense of macho entitlement. The idea that soldiers make enemies just by their mere presence in alien territory is clear, and has been explored in documentaries like Hearts & Minds, so I get that. And on that level Southern Comfort works fine.
The action is also pretty good because it isn’t over the top. There’s a dynamite explosion that puts CGI to shame. The ground actually shakes for real. So on a visceral level the movie is pretty good. And it’s decently directed by Walter Hill. He would do better later, which is good, because there are some continuity fails here, including one scene where a character’s wound changes sides in a cutaway, but basically it’s well done and under what I imagine to be difficult circumstances.
But when the characters can’t get even the most basic strategic choices right, it’s tough to enjoy the movie fully. Watch it for the setting, action, and some Cajun slice of life scenes at the end, and maybe watch it to see Walter Hill playing with some ideas he’d make work better in his 80s movies, but don’t expect Southern Comfort to thrill you.
Amateurish, silly, and boring…
I endured this film the other night. The experience was pointless, truly one of those films that I should have missed. To give it too much air-time here would be a disservice to the reader, so I will be brief.
A squad of weekend-warriors heads out into the bayou to conduct their routine drill. When they realize they are off-track, they swipe a few canoes from the local Cajuns. As the soldiers depart down the swamp away from shore the Cajuns return and one of the “idiots” in green open fires his automatic rifle at them as a joke. The Cajuns mistake the “blanks” for real bullets and one fires back in return killing the Squad leader. The National Guardsmen attempt to make their way back to civilization while hunted by their Cajun adversaries.
Clearly a rip-off of Deliverance, Southern Comfort is just plain ridiculous on every level. The script is pathetic and the characters are asinine and unbelievable. I found myself not caring who lived or died, but only when the film would end.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 46 min (106 min)
Genre Action, Thriller
Director Walter Hill
Writer Michael Kane, Walter Hill, David Giler
Actors Keith Carradine, Powers Boothe, Fred Ward, Franklyn Seales
Production Company Cinema Group Ventures, Phoenix Films (II)
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Lenses and Panaflex Camera by Panavision
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA
Film Length 2,915 m (Sweden)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm