The swan song of noted director William Friedkin is a fitting and memorable send-off from a man who loved telling stripped-down stories about complex people. Based on Herman Wouk’s famous play, the film is as bare-bones as can be—set entirely in one room with no frills and not a word of extraneous dialogue. Kiefer Sutherland leads the solid cast and is at the top of his game as Lt. Commander Queeg, the officer unceremoniously relieved of duty during a cyclone at sea. It’s a gripping 100 minutes of nothing but talking, but Friedkin makes it his own and demonstrates the power of staying out of the way and letting great actors do their thing.