For Queen and Country

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  • 1989
  • 1 hr 45 min

For Queen and Country is a 1988 British drama film that stars Denzel Washington as Reuben, a former soldier who returns to his life in London after serving in the British army. The film is directed by Martin Stellman. At the start of the movie, Reuben is seen living in a hostel in London, struggling to make ends meet and finding it difficult to adjust to civilian life. He is haunted by his experiences in the army and the events that led to him serving a prison sentence. His friend and fellow ex-soldier played by Dorian Healy helps him find work at a company that provides security services in a run-down neighborhood.

Reuben is initially excited by the job and eager to make a difference in the lives of the people in his community. However, as he begins to see the reality of life for many of the residents - poverty, addiction, lack of access to basic amenities - he becomes disillusioned with his job, and his life in general.

Things take a turn for the worse when Reuben's boss, played by Bruce Payne, asks him to participate in illegal activities as part of a plan to provide better security for wealthy clients. Reuben initially refuses but soon finds himself embroiled in a dangerous situation that threatens to further derail his life.

The movie explores themes of identity, institutional racism, and the struggle to find purpose and meaning in life. Washington's portrayal of Reuben is powerful, and the character's struggles are palpable. The movie is a poignant commentary on the challenges faced by many veterans as they try to reintegrate into society after serving in the military.

The cinematography and use of location are also impressive. The gritty, urban setting of London is utilized to great effect in capturing the realities of life in the city, particularly for those on the margins of society.

Overall, For Queen and Country is a thoughtful, engaging drama that showcases Denzel Washington's considerable talent. Its themes are still relevant today, and the movie stands as a powerful commentary on the challenges faced by those who have served in the military.

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