Today is the 78th anniversary of the Allied forces landing in Normandy on D-Day, so I decided to watch 4 movies about that historic day that were each made in different decades which give a slightly different perspective on the events of that fateful day.
Here is the review of the 1st film that I watched.
Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 Jun 2022)
Brief Synopsis – A squad of paratroopers must work together to stay safe after they land in Occupied France on D-Day.
My Take on it – This is a film that I knew nothing about before coming across it in my research for D-Day films.
The cast was largely unknown to me, but I still liked the way that things played out despite the fact that the performances are a bit too wooden.
Lots of the events that happen here are mentioned or used in other war films dealing with D-Day and that once again showed me how much films of similar genres copy story and character aspects in innovative ways.
The biggest connection that I found in this film was the similarities between the attitude and background of the squad commander and Captain Miller in Saving Private Ryan (1998).
The action scenes are on par with ones of the era, but seem quite inferior when comparing them to the ones that came afterwards.
The whole sub plot with the French woman is very confusing and contradicts itself along the way.
The premise of the film is solid, but that isn’t enough.
It might have been much more compelling had it been made a few decades later.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The uniforms and equipment the U.S. paratroopers wear in the film are fairly realistic for the D-Day period, including the white “card suit” markings the 101st Airborne Division used on the sides of their helmets to identify sub-units in the Division. The paratrooper’s helmets in the film carry the heart suit of the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)
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