Picks and Pans Review: Up Country
In the sequel to The General's Daughter, Army sleuth Paul Brenner travels to modern-day Vietnam. Catch this one on the page before it hits the screen. The movies will be hard-pressed to do justice to DeMille's combination murder investigation, illicit romance and agonizing dissection of the Vietnam War.
Brenner is dragged back into the Army's Criminal Investigation Division to look into the murder of an Army officer 30 years ago in Vietnam, but he is told suspiciously little about why anyone still cares. Before he can get his man, he gets his woman, a beautiful American expat who helps him navigate the culture. Soon the pair are conducting psychological warfare with a former North Vietnamese officer as the case turns out to be charged with political voltage that could fry Brenner.
DeMille, a Vietnam vet, is a muscular storyteller. He provides grunt's-eye detail and double-time pacing, along with an impassioned indictment of what the war has done to the surviving soldiers of two countries—and the dead who haunt them. (Warner, $26.95)
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