Court-martialed three-star General Irwin (Robert Redford) is imprisoned in a partly renovated castle by a megalomaniacal warden (James Gandolfini from Soprano’s
). Irwin slights both the wanton warden and his civil war artifact collection, reinstills pride in his abused fellow convicts and leads a rebellion. This preposterous testosterone tenet about the manipulation of men jostles memories of Cool Hand Luke as a failure to communicate escalates to violence and cons are depicted as sympathetic, latent heroes. This is pseudo-patriotic drivel one may expect from the Kevin Costners (The Postman
) and Reynolds (Rapa Nui
) rather then Redford and former Los Angeles film critic and West Point graduate turned director Rod Lurie (The Contender
). Mark Ruffalo (You Can Count on Me
) gives another excellent performance among all the runaway scenery chewing.