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A bit "stagey",
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This review is from: Yesterday's Enemy [DVD]  (DVD)
Take away the action scenes (slogging through the Jungle and having a small, nasty battle or two) and much of this could have beeen performed on the stage. That in itself is not a huge criticism, there is meant to be a feeling of claustrophobia and entrapment in a horrible situation; but it does tend to make a need for par excellence performances from all concerned; happily no-one is an out and out dud but Stanley Baker and Gordon Jackson have to carry things along rather a lot.
The film is set in the jungles of Burma in WWII, a long-range British patrol is desperately trying to make its way back to friendly lines (with wounded) when it comes across a village occupied by the Japanese; most of the villagers are entirely neutral and are understandibly terrified by the fighting, however there is a quisling in their midst. Baker as the surviving senior officer is faced with the moral dilemma of threatening death if information is not forthcoming. The roles are reversed when the village is re-taken by the Japanese and Baker is similarly threatened.
I am happy to have the film in my collection and it will be watched more than twice but it really doesn't quite make it beyond the 3 - 3 1/2 star rating for me despite Stanley Baker and Gordon Jackson's laudable efforts.