No less a film critic than Roger Ebert has compared Walter Hill’s Geronimo: An American Legend to Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List. (Interestingly, they both came out in 1993.) Each historical epic is about a Holocaust: The more famous of the two concerns the mass murdering of Jews during World War II; the other concerns the systematic slaughter of Native Americans in the late 19th century. Adding a bit to the discomfort of witnessing this latter pogrom is that in Geronimo, the bad guys aren’t the Nazis. They’re members of the U.S. Army.
The film is hardly out to completely demonize the American military however. As 2nd Lt. Britton Davis, Matt Damon gives a soulful performance by conveying a wide-naivete that reminds us that even those on “the other side” can feel compassion.
Geronimo: An American Legend plays on AMC tonight Sunday, March at 7:30 PM | 6:30C. For the movie’s complete schedule this month, click here.