You may not be a lover of war films (as myself), but I insist on watching this eye opener to feel the pain and hardships faced by the civilians in a war scene. There are many untold secrets of a war, which if told openly can bring mankind to its deepest shame. The movie is about such an unbelievable but true incident during the Vietnam War. A group of 5 military men, in order to have a good time, kidnap a local girl from a village on their way to another war destination. Even after the strong opposition from one member in the group the girl is brutally assaulted and then killed by these men.
Brain De Palma, the reputed director, films the intense moments in this stunning movie as a master. Among the most touching ones is the death scene of the girl on the bridge amidst the bullets shot from all sides. And the trauma faced by the innocent girl makes you think even harder, after the film gets over. Words like World Peace, Global Village, and One Mankind are simply meaningless when these kinds of incidents come out of the carpet.
The title “Casualties of War” points towards an important question that - Who are the real casualties of a war? …..The soldiers who die fighting for their country or people like this girl, who had nothing to do with the war and its consequences. A well made, thought provoking film for the mature audiences and a must watch for the youngsters who sometimes get carried away with the circumstances.
Directed By Brian De Palma
Starring : Michael J. Fox, Sean Penn, Don Harvey, John C. Reilly & more.