Number of Times Seen – 2 (27 Nov 2009 and 18 Jan 2018)
Brief Synopsis – After getting separated from their unit, four Black Soldiers get trapped in a small Italian village during World War II.
My Take on it – We all know that during World War II, there was segregation in most units yet most of the stories tend to follow the white soldiers and not give us the perspective of the black ones.
This film does an amazing job showing the heroism and danger that a unit of Black soldiers needed to deal with while fighting in Italy.
This film deals with the racism that was prevalent in situations like this quite openly and Director Spike Lee was a great choice to show us this kind of story.
I really enjoyed the way this film is mostly told in flashback and the bookend story works really well especially since it helps give us a grander perspective on the story plus closure on the events told.
It was a great twist giving some prominent cameos in these bookend scenes.
The action in this film can get quite graphic yet that is to be expected of a war film and the way that it is shown feels so genuine and realistic the entire time.
The story itself is also told from a realistic perspective and it works on numerous levels.
The length of the film also works to its advantage and despite it’s 160 minutes running time, it is expertly used to help us get to know the characters and care more about them since they are all developed so well.
Bottom Line – Great look at war from a perspective usually not seen. The issues of race are shown quite openly and Lee chooses to present things in a really interesting way. The cast is great and you get to know the characters well enough that you constantly root for them no matter the odds. The realism of the story jumps out of the screen and the story told works on so many different levels. The action is graphic at times yet seems realistic and genuine based on what we know of how bloody war can truly be. The bookend story is good because it gives enough explanation and closure to the rest of the story that is the meat of it all. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Samuel L. Jackson turn down the offer to play as Corporal Hector Negron to work on Lakeview Terrace (2008). (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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