Number of Times Seen – 1 (15 Dec 2016)
Brief Synopsis – The true story of a conscientious objectors heroic feats during one of American’s bloodiest battles during World War II.
My Take on it – Mel Gibson has shied away from making movies over the past decade and this is a great return to form for him as director.
He chose a story that he could film so perfectly that we could feel so much for the characters and action.
This film is an amazingly realistic and graphic (non-gratuitous) battle scenes that you won’t be able to forget for a long time.
Those battle scenes are choreographed so well that it’s truly amazing watching it all play out in front of us.
This, in itself makes it one of the best (anti-)war films made in a very long time.
I liked the way that it was properly decided that this film would have two distinct parts which essentially makes it have two stories for the price of one.
The first half deals with the home front before the war along with the basic training scenes which help define the characters quite well that they feel like real people instead of just “canon-fodder” for later in the film.
The second half is the battle itself which really shows us what war is all about; its is chaotic, smoke-filled and confusing for everyone and both sides and gives us an excellent depiction of what these men went through in one of the bloodiest battles of The Pacific in WWII.
Ive never been the biggest fan of whiny Andrew Garfield, but he is superb here as the lead and proves how great an actor he can be.
This film has a message about sticking to one’s own beliefs, integrity, heroism and above all patriotism and thes films resonate through the entire film.
The one thing that I felt was slightly missing was more of a development of the closeness between the main character and his brother; the film starts to show it and then seems to forget the whole idea.
This is one of the best films of the year IMHO and is worth checking out, but be forewarned that the battle is quite visual and may be a bit much for some people.
Bottom Line – Great return to form for Gibson. Amazingly realistic and graphic battle scenes make us really see what war is all about. Loved the way this was told as two separate stories that complement one another. Garfield is excellent as the lead. One of the best (anti-) war films in a looong time. Has great message that resonates throughout making this one of the best films of the year IMHO. Highly Highly Recommended!
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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