In honor of Sydney Schanberg, we decided to watch The Killing Fields.
From the trailer to the film, The Killing Fields doesn’t disappoint. It is beautifully told, and it doesn’t fit the mold of your typical based-on-true-story films. The characters have a way of captivating their audience in a way that is realistic and very much human. You can feel what drives them, what motivates them, and what frightens them. They are characters that we can easily relate to and empathize with. The conversations have a very natural flow. Every word spoken rings authentic and true. The audience cries out for Dith Pran‘s survival and weeps for the horrors encountered by the Cambodian people. The actor, Haing S. Ngor, does an exemplary job of conveying the fear and anxiety brought by his perilous encounters. Watching his performance, it is amazing that Haing S. Ngor hadn’t had any prior acting experience.
All in all, this film is worth two hours and twenty-two minutes of your day.