USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage (2016)


uss“President Truman has chosen you and your crew to lead a highly classified mission” – Admiral Parnell

Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Nov 2016)

Brief Synopsis – Story of how one of the greatest battleships of World War II was destroyed and how its crew tried to survive for days in shark infested waters.

My Take on it – Anyone who has seen Jaws (1975) has heard the tale of this movie but here instead of being a short tale of a few minutes, we get to see two plus hours of it.

The movie doesn’t do a good enough job of focusing and developing the main characters enough.

Instead they try to introduce us to so many different characters (who are quite hard to always tell apart, mind you) who are mostly undeveloped so they all seem the same.

The special effects are quite good and there are epic moments that reminded me of both Jaws (1975) and Titanic (1997) which gave me hope that this would get better.

Unfortunately, those moments are squandered and with them the ability to make this film even better.

I’ve never been much of a fan of Nicholas Cage and he is actually quite unremarkable in this film because he mostly grumbles his way thru it all.

Bottom Line – Has a few scenes that take this to the borderline of epic but then loses its momentum over and over. Tries too hard to focus on too many of the crew so we ultimately only get acquainted with mostly undeveloped characters. This film has glimpses of the genius of Jaws (1975) and Titanic (1997) but ultimately doesn’t take things one step further to help make this film ever more memorable. Cage is quite unmemorable here as the lead and basically just phones it in for this role.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Scenes on the USS Indianapolis Portland Class Cruiser were filmed on the battleship USS Alabama which is docked in Mobile Bay in Mobile, Alabama. It’s the same battleship that was used to film the Steven Seagal movie Under Siege (1992) (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy

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