This is a harsh look at the experiences of a platoon in boot camp for Vietnam – the training they receive, the mental and physical abuse they endure, and the friendships they make with each other.
The main character is Bozz (Colin Farrell), the resident troublemaker. In spite of his practical jokes and disrespect for commanding officers, the army recognizes his bravery and natural leadership skills; and we see his incredibly big heart. Bozz probably saves the lives and the sanity of some of his fellow platoon members by getting them discharged, but when he has his chance to get out of going to Vietnam, he doesn’t take it.
The movie does well in making you feel for our soldiers and what they went through, and this was all before they even went to the actual war. As a military consultant, the filmmakers used Capt.Dale Dye, well known for giving a realistic war portrayal to many films, including “Saving Private Ryan.” Unfortunately, the reality of war is ugly and brutal. To portray this, “Tigerland” uses much violence and probably the foulest language I’ve heard since “Pulp Fiction.” Just one example is the number of times the “f” word is used:173. It also contains several racial slurs, graphic fornication, and male and female nudity (including full frontal female). There is a sweet and sad story in the middle of all this, but just know that when it’s violent, it’s fairly violent, and when it’s crude, it’s very crude and the violence and crudeness runs the whole way through.