Rules of Engagement

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  • Those Deadly Rules

    Jun 26, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great plot based on true story
    Cons: Can get a bit boring in the middle

    Summary: Opening Scene It’s the year 1968 in a place called Vietnam. Terry Childers and Hays Hodges are leading their troop when they spot a Vietnamese troop just a ways ahead. They decide to split up, each taking a troop around the Vietnamese troop to ... read more

  • American Embassies under attack...

    Oct 13, 2012 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Prophetic film with very good production value and acting.
    Cons: weak 3rd act wrap up

    Summary: Watch as many sci-fi, military-fiction and political-fiction films as I do and eventually you start to see coincidences, trends and even direct parallels with real life. The Obama Administration is currently under fire for the death of US Ambassador ... read more

  • See Jackson glare! Jones whimper! Kingsley cower!

    Jan 23, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great cast, horror of war not sugar-coated, redemption of characters, pace.
    Cons: Somewhat predictable, a little bit of 'been here before'.

    Summary: Rules of Engagement features performances by some of the best actors we have, in a gritty if barely plausible script involving the question of justifiable force under life or death circumstances. Samuel L. Jackson is fierce as the combat veteran sent ... read more

  • Good depiction of Marine rules of engagement.

    Jul 22, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The type of situations our Marines are dealing with now in the world.
    Cons: A little more factuality is needed.

    Summary: This film compares with Platoon or Hunt for Red October. The type of military situation that could ... read more

  • The Rules of Encrapment

    Feb 6, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Intense acting by Samuel L. Jackson, Tommy Lee Jones.
    Cons: Lame story, stereotyped acting, bad directing.

    Summary: Perhaps I am a sucker for pain, but Rules of Engagement could better be classified as: Top Secret, Not To Be Seen By Anyone. On the surface it would seem that Rules of Engagement would be a winner – with Tommy Lee Jones, Samuel L. ... read more

  • Discouraged Under Fire

    Sep 3, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Samuel L. Jackson, Samuel L. Jackson, good direction and Samuel L. Jackson
    Cons: Tommy Lee Jones' usual performance, poor scripting - it ain't no 'Exorcist'

    Summary: So I can see that the general consensus (colonel consensus?) is that another court-martial save-the-hero vilify-the-villain formula film has been made. I agree with a lot of what was said, but want to add a few comments. I love Samuel L. ... read more

  • Your Service Means Nothing!

    Mar 18, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great actors that make this believable
    Cons: war type story, some will not appreciate

    Summary: By seeing the title, one might think of this movie as a war movie. But, it is much more than that! The movie centers around actions taken by Colonel Terry Childers, played by Samuel L Jackson. He is the commanding officer trying to rescue ... read more

  • Not a courtroom drama, but a very good drama.

    Jan 7, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellent acting jobs, very interesting story
    Cons: Leaves you hanging.

    Summary: Rules of Engagement is about a retiring Marine Corps lawyer, Col. Hays Hodges (Jones), looking forward to spending his days fly fishing away from the structure of the Corps. Everything is going as planned until his friend of thirty years, Col. Terry ... read more

  • Follow the rules or pay

    Jan 6, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great plot
    Cons: sometimes movie can drag

    Summary: I am a big fan of not only Tommy Lee Jones but of Samuel L. Jackson as well. These two did an excellent job. This is a movie about the code of honor and the 'Rules of Engagement" as set forth by the United States Marine Corps. The movie ... read more

  • So Much Potential...So Disappointing

    Jan 5, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Actors
    Cons: Character development, ending

    Summary: Jones/Jackson/Strong supporting cast and intriguing plot. The pieces were all there for a great movie. Unfortunately,it did not happen. Poorly written, the characters are left undeveloped and as a result the drama that does take place ... read more

  • Honor and Integrity - That's What it is All About

    Jan 5, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great action movie with a message
    Cons: Some military inaccuracies

    Summary: I agree with the comment about honor. Honor is important. Ask anyone who has ever worn a uniform and they will tell you that integrity is the key to success. Honor and pride in service are key elements to integrity. Above all else, those ... read more

  • Suspenseful

    Jan 4, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellent story, Appreciation of veterans
    Cons: Heavy foul language

    Summary: When visiting my parents for the New Year, my husband and I watched this film for the first time. The story is very good, and what appealed to all of us was that Tommy Lee Jones stars in it. Unfortunately, as with many of his and Samuel L. Jackson's ... read more

  • Rules were broken or was it a cover up?

    Jan 1, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Kept me right on the edge of my seat.
    Cons: NONE.

    Summary: Rules of Engagement are a movie that was based upon a true story. The actors that played in the movie were the famous Samuel L. Jackson, and Tommy Lee Jones. He movie begins in 1968 during the Vietnam War. The enemy is ambushing Tommy Lee ... read more

  • Sometimes the Rules is Wrong

    Dec 27, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The Ending
    Cons: Some parts of the movie are obvious

    Summary: Have you ever seen the show JAG? Well I like that show a lot because it is about law and the United States Military. Rules of Engagement is a lot like JAG. Rules Of Engagement is a movie about a commanding officer who is respected and honored by everyone ... read more

  • A Black Ollie North, But With Brains

    Dec 15, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fine casting, decent action
    Cons: A bit unbelievable at times

    Summary: Never in the history of modern warfare has the "they told me to do it" excuse ever been viable. Hitler told his generals who told their subordinates to slaughter Jews. Those who were caught were prosecuted despite the fact that they were only ... read more

  • Rules of Engagement

    Dec 13, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Good acting , typical storyline
    Cons: bad writing

    Summary: Ok heres the scene, American soldiers go to Yemen to save the American Embassador. While there an order is called out to shoot into the crowd in the end killing 1/2 of the Yemen population. We get back to the US and the bad guy Secretary of Defense wants ... read more

  • Must see!

    Dec 11, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: lots of action, good plot
    Cons: some graphic violence

    Summary: Another wonderful Tommy Lee Jones movie. Rules of Engagement was a great pick for us. I live with two guys who only watch "shoot em up" movies. I usually like the dramas. We all enjoyed this one. There was plenty of action but also a well ... read more

  • one hell of a movie..buy it .

    Dec 11, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: BLOCKBUSTER in every way
    Cons: should have been longer-lasting

    Summary: it can be describes as a five star hotel or a championship winning football team , just because this movie is superb . it has superb action followed by a superb interpretation by two gods that need no mentioning. Rules of engagement not only brings out ... read more

  • not just a normal war movie

    Dec 9, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: the cast
    Cons: some war blood and guts

    Summary: I think that Jackson and Jones made an excellent team in this movie. This one had it all! I liked the plot with these two men going through the worst of times and then later in their lives together also seeing good times together. A friendship that ... read more

  • Good Military Flick

    Dec 3, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Good acting and good storyline
    Cons: The court case and how it is handled

    Summary: It was a Friday night and I was just looking for a good military flick. I heard of it before, but never got a chance to see it though. I feel the movie shows how some Islamic countries, such as Iran or Iraq, does not like the United States having ... read more

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