The Killing Fields (1984) (mini-review++)

kill.jpg(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)

(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)

acting 9

directing 8

effects 9

editing 8

writing 8


4.2 out of 5 🐙


I was putting off watching this movie for a long time. All I had seen of it was the horrific scene where the protagonist falls into a pit of skeletal human remains. These remains are some of the 2 million people executed by the Khmer Rouge during their “cleansing” of “undesirable” citizens. If the protagonist (this is based on a true story) had not narrowly escaped the work camps/fields, he likely would have been one of those skeletal remains. Again, the scene freaked me out because I probably first saw it when I was ten years old. So it became a forever fear in my crazy brain. I thought the whole movie was going to be a graphic depiction of all the individual horrors committed in the Cambodian killing fields. But it’s not that. It’s the incredibly unlikely story about a man sent to those horrible fields who manages to escape.  And beyond this, while he could have easily blamed his journalist friend for causing that horrible situation, he did not. He was just happy to be reunited with his friend. He forgave his friend without even consciously forgiving him. That’s got to be the definition of grace.







(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.

(2) Octopuses (0-5 🐙, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)

(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feeling…not that SW score is scientific…but this one is even less so

(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)


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