On DVD: 
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Running Time: 
106 minutes

Streamers was initially a Broadway play about a diverse group of Army soldiers preparing to ship out to the conflict in Southeast Asia. It has now made it's way onto the silver screen in addition to its many other variations.

Billy, Richie, and Roger are all members of the Army and awaiting their orders to be shipped overseas. While at the barracks, they encounter Carlyle, a member of another platoon who brings some much needed fun to the group. As the film progresses, the hardships and pressure of being in the military begin to take their toil on the soldiers. Like it's said in the bonus features, the film shows both the humanity and inhumanity of society.

The film doesn't have all your typical explosions and special effects found in many war movies. It's a film that goes much deeper into the human psyche and shows what happens off the battlefield. Initially, things move rather slowly as there isn't much action. What seems like a bunch of nonsensical chatter actually sets the mood for the rest of the film.

Since it's origins came from the stage, it make sense that Screamers takes place primarilyinside the barracks with the outside being featured once or twice. As you watch each soldier begin their descent into madness, you come to realize that war is not a pretty thing, despite not seeing a second of the battlefield. It's a disturbing yet real look into life.

The tension builds up towards the end so if you can get past the first 30 minutes, you won't want to look away. Streamers is a film that will grip you at your core and not let go. While I'm not sure how good the play is, the film is fantastic. If you get the chance, see this movie.

Matt Rodriguez
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