John must make a Savage choice
, 08 Jul 2012
Just for the record, this is a 1988 film, not 1989 as stated above (OK, I know it's not important but I like accuracy).
John Savage plays Leon Abrahams (or possibly Abrams - according to the DVD cover notes), a Jewish-American war journalist, mentally scarred after a close brush with death whilst accompanying American soldiers in the Vietnam war. The soldiers were all shot one by one by the Viet Cong but Leon used his wits to survive.
Two decades later he is sent to war-torn Namibia to try to locate a missing photojournalist but he stumbles upon what could be a much bigger story - the mysterious Dr Schiller, who might be a Nazi war criminal. When they finally meet, Leon learns that there are 2 sides to every story. He then finds he has to make a terrible choice, the kind of choice none of us wants to make, with his principles and a possible cure for cancer at stake. Savage's acting is not great; his numerous facial tics, which are meant to show the mental scars of his Vietnam experience may not quite be ham acting but certainly need a lot more subtlety and more use could have been made of Mia Sara, whose main purpose seems to be eye candy.
Although this is not a great film I still think it's better than most reviews give it credit for.
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