Notebook Reviews: TIGERLAND

Joel Schumacher  – 2000

Tigerland is yet another first rate film from director Joel Schumacher. What lifts this Vietnam era drama above the plethora of other  ‘bootcamp’ war movies is the quality of the acting. Colin Farrell is simply outstanding in his first lead role (even if his Dublin accent does creep though at times). 

Schumacher’s direction is wonderful but low key – it’s not in his usual slick style. With its gritty tone and muted colours, Tigerland feels very real. This is simply great filming on every level.