Number of Times Seen – 1 (13 Jun 2017)
Brief Synopsis – Story of how General Douglas MacArthur was able to turn the tide in Korea after the Northern communist invaded the Southern part of the country.
My Take on it – This is a film that I came across and was quite interested to see because of the fact that it depicts the fall of Korea to the hands of the communists and its effects on those living there.
This film does an interesting job of trying to tell us the stories of numerous people caught in the middle.
We get to see things from the military side (both high ranking and lower level views), civilian personnel caught in the country and the way that the US press were covering the event.
Unfortunately, not enough time is devoted to any of the perspective and we are left dazed and confused because we aren’t quite sure what the whole point of introducing us to these various people really was.
The acting is fine here but since the characters and storylines aren’t developed enough, the acting matters little.
Sir Lawrence Olivier is good as MacArthur, but both he and the film itself aren’t inspiring enough to make us really care about what happened which is quite a shame because stories like this need to be told in a way for us to want to care and understand what happened and why.
Bottom Line – Moves at such a slow speed that it gets way too monotonous. I liked the way they tried to tell numerous perspectives on the beginning of the war (personal, military and press) but unfortunately, doesn’t give enough attention to any of them leaving us quite confused as to the point of this film. The acting is slightly above average and Olivier does a fine job as MacArthur, but in the end this film leaves it viewers uninspired and quite apathetic to the whole story.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – No major Hollywood studio has made a film about the Korean war since this film was released, and many industry insiders say it is because of this film’s spectacular box-office failure. (From IMDB)
Rating – Razzie Worthy
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