Mr. Sundance and Tony Soprano face off in a destructive chess game for control of the military's big house in director Rod Lurie's latest film. Not seen in front of the camera since 1998's Horse Whisperer, Robert Redford removes his director's hat to star as a highly decorated officer who is court-martialed for disobeying an executive order, thus stripped of his distinguished title and sentenced to 10 years in jail. James Gandolfini co-stars as Colonel Winter, a crooked warden who oversees the unlawful treatment of the prisoners from his safe Shangri-La of classical music and lemonade. The former general acts like Jane Goodall conducting an anthropological study until the blatant cruelties cause him to lead the slammer's bookie (Mark Rufalo), a simple-minded brown-noser (Clifton Colins Jr.) and their fellow inmates into a strategic retaliation using slingshots, catapults and makeshift shields. The first two acts tend to meander, but the final intense battle in the third is a big enough payoff to be worth the wait.
Director: Rod Lurie
Cast: Robert Redford, James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo, Steve Burton and George Scott