Movie Reviews: The Walking Dead




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     Savoy (1 hr. 50 min.)
     The Vietnam war as seen through the eyes of four black Marines.
     Allen Payne, Eddie Griffin, Joe Morton, Vonte Sweet
Bottom Line:


     The Walking Dead  is a bit of a disappointment. The movie is touted as the black experience in Vietnam, but it's really the black experience in socially charged 1970's America.
     The basic plot of the film is a small company of Marines sent on a covert mission behind enemy lines to rescue officers abandoned in a P.O.W. camp. To make a long story short, the company lands by chopper in a hot LZ and all the white soldiers, with the exception of one (and he's crazy), are killed in a fire-fight. As the remaining Marines make there way through the jungle towards the prison camp, they have flashbacks of why they joined the Corps.
     The movie really deals with how these black soldiers mistakenly felt they could improve their lives in white America by joining the Marines, and how the war bonds them closer together.
     The film's problem is that too much time is taken showing the flashbacks, explaining why everyone enlisted--even the crazy white guy in the unit. And each flashback is longer than the last, taking time away from the Marines' experience in Vietnam.



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