Everyman’s War (2009)

“I think I worry about them more than I worry about me. And I worry about me a lot.” – Cpl. Starks

Number of Times Seen – Twice (26 Feb 2013 and 28 Apr 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A octogenarian reflects on his days fighting in the Battle of the Bulge in 1944 while reminiscing about his friends in his unit.

My Take on it – Intriguing idea that might have been more powerful if things weren’t presented in such a low budget fashion.

The acting is below par and some of the characters come across as being quite wooden in the way that they deliver their lines.

The individual stories of these men are interesting to listen to despite the fact that it all feels a bit too generic in the way it all plays out also isn’t helpful in making things more poignant or powerful.

The special effects are poorly done due to the low budget aspects of the production and that unfortunately also takes away from things a bit too much.

The actions scenes are done fine, but don’t manage to help make things more engaging.

The various storylines between these characters are described well, but the fact that they are based on true stories helps make things more engaging.

The best part of this film is how the themes of home, hope and survival resonate with soldiers no matter which side they fight for, and that the friendships that one can cull during these kind of times can be ones that can last forever.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Won Best Narrative Feature at the 2009 GI Film Festival. (From Wikipedia)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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