Southern Comfort


Walter Hill's 1981 Vietnam allegory sees a troop of National Guardsman under attack from irked, Louisiana locals after firing a few blanks at them during training. Their fight for survival in the bayous is well shot, but the script isn't able to muster enough energy to build proper suspense, leaning instead on sudden surges of brutality. Despite earthy leads and a jumpy finale, the ordeal lacks the sense of gruelling degradation present in Deliverance. It's not often you say this about a film but: more buttfucking next time, please.

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