|Sigourney Weaver and Mel Gibson share steamy chemistry in the Year of Living Dangerously|
In 1982, Weir undertook another movie with an Australian/East Asian theme, the last days of the Sukarno Regime in Indonesia in 1965. Gibson was tapped to star in the movie as Guy Hamilton, a neophyte foreign reporter for Australian Broadcasting sent to report from Java without contacts, and without understanding the culture. Pitied but not aided by his European and American competitors, Hamilton is befriended by Billy Kwan, a half Asian, half Australian, diminutive newsreel and still photographer. Kwan uses his unique ability to connect Hamilton with important players on the volatile Indonesian political stage, including Jill Bryant, an assistant to the British military attache. As Hamilton's reporting gains respectability, Kwan also shows him the poverty and inequity of Indonesian society. In this complex story Hamilton becomes romantically involved with Bryant, who is scheduled to leave Indonesia for London soon. As it were, fate takes a hand when the Indonesian Communist party stages a coup that is brutally suppressed by the forces of the right. Revealing more would be spoiling.
|Linda Hunt won a well deserved Academy Award for her role as Bill Kwan|
The Year of Living Dangerously is an intelligent, interesting drama based on a real life incident. It shows the kind of movies Mel Gibson made and could have continued making if his career had taken a different turn