9. HART’S WAR (2002)
Director Gregory Hoblit gets points for attempting to make a unique war movie, but, with the overstuffed Hart’s War, he reached a bit too far. Part battle showcase, part courtroom drama, and part man-on-a-mission procedural, this serviceable yet mostly disappointing pic is unable to provide a single narrative arc worth caring about.
Farrell plays the film’s protagonist, a Harvard lawyer who signs up for World War II combat but gets taken prisoner by the Nazis and becomes embroiled in a murder trial alongside a seasoned prisoner (Bruce Willis) and Tuskegee airman turned defendant (Terrence Howard). The most interesting thing about Hart’s War is the film’s racial undertones, but Hoblit’s unsure flick never dwells on one idea long enough to sustain such interest.