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The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: The Trenches of Hell (1999)

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August, 1917. Using the name 'Henri Defense', 17 year old Indiana Jones has enlisted in the Belgian army to fight in the Great War. After all his commanding officers have been wiped out ... See full summary »

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August, 1917. Using the name 'Henri Defense', 17 year old Indiana Jones has enlisted in the Belgian army to fight in the Great War. After all his commanding officers have been wiped out during combat in Flanders, Corporal 'Defense' is left in charge of what's left of the 9th Belgian Infantry. They are assigned to the French 14th Company and dispatched into the Battle of the Somme. When Indy is captured by the Germans, he quickly gains a reputation as an escape artist, and is sent to the maximum security prison at Dunsterstadt on the Danube Written by Il Tesoro

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Young men learn the true horror of trench warfare in WW1, don't be put off by the involvement of Indiana.
12 September 2004 | by (near Maldon, Essex, England) – See all my reviews

I came to this by chance having always previously avoided anything with Indiana Jones in the title, which I suspected signified unsophisticated adventure movies where "our hero" always wins through, against seemingly insurmountable odds.

I watched from the very beginning, but did not realize it was an IJ movie until the very end, by which time it was only just becoming clear as to who the true hero was. That was because we saw the joinings and partings as the warriors progressed, and it was not until later in the film it became clear whose career we were ultimately following. That remained so until the last few minutes when there was a final parting of the remaining warriors in our story.

I do not know how precisely realistic it is but I was impressed that we were given an insight into the sort of tactics employed in "going over the top" from the trenches of the Somme in Belgium,

We were introduced to the conflicts between the French, Belgium and English allies and even to the poetry of Seigfried Sassoon who came to be recognised as one of the great English war poets. War is not glorified although it is just a little bit to clean and tidy to be completely believable. We see death and fighting but not blood, gore and body parts.

No indication is given to what the war was really about other than a passing reference to the industrialists who benefited from munitions manufacture, but I am not sure that anyone truly understands why WW1 was fought other than it was a power struggle fought in the way of 19th century tactics but with the earliest high power weapons that made the 20th century so notorious for mass war killings and woundings.

Then towards the end we see "our hero" confront the reality of being a prisoner of war and it is only then it all becomes a little bit too "Boys Ownish". I have to admit I was gripped to the somewhat abrupt end, which came far too soon for me and had me scurrying to the internet to find out more about the film and the WW1 experiences depicted!

I wonder if the other "young Indy" films are as worthwhile? I shall certainly give another a viewing if I see one scheduled.


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