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The Pacific follows the lives of a U.S Marine Corps squad during the campaign within the Pacific against the Japanese Empire during WW2. Made by the creators of Band of Brothers, it follows a similar line of thought to outline the hardships of the common man during war. the Pacific is in parts a fast paced war series that can be enjoyed by action lovers whilst containing a more sensitive side when projecting the relationships (brotherhood) of Marines on the battlefield. where the Pacific takes a new direction from its "older brother" is in its depiction of the lives of soldiers who were picked to return home to increase the sales of war bonds, in doing this it also depicts the life cycle of returned soldiers from initial joy to the eventual feeling of regret and to a certain extent shame felt by soldiers wanting to return to the war in service of either their comrades or nation. Written by
Band of Brothers author Stephen E. Ambrose, wrote the official tie-in book to the miniseries, which follows the stories of two of the featured men from the miniseries, Basilone and Sledge, as well as stories of Sledge's close friend Sidney Phillips and two men not featured in the series, marine officer Austin Shofner and U.S. Navy pilot Vernon Micheel. See more »
Throughout the series Marines are heard referring to people as AWOL (Absent Without Leave). This is an Army term. Marines or Sailors would always say UA (Unauthorized Absence). See more »
From the opening moments filled with marshmallow music to the perfect Norman Rockwell home, this is a bit of melodramatic puff. Dad's a doctor, the white colonial house is an American dream, and the family owns a perfect spotted dog that relentlessly trails the despondent son. Rockwell once said that if one of his pictures wasn't going well he would add a dog, and if it still wasn't going well he'd paint a bandage on the dog's paw; maybe the makers of "The Pacific" should have added the bandage.
If you like the kind of war movies made in the 1950s, ending with John Wayne's absurd "The Green Berets" in 1968, you will like this. If you are looking for something more honest, you might try the Showtime series, "Generation Kill," about Iraq, or Terrence Malick's 1998 version of James Jones book "The Thin Red Line." It was about the Guadalcanal campaign, like the beginning episodes of "The Pacific." Malick achieved a more electric depiction of the personal distress of battle, absent the cliché infested, slow, non-battle scenes of "The Pacific," in which it is impossible to shake the realization that these guys are actors. If you're not so interested in battle but want a better look at what war does to its participants away from action, try the 1946 classic "The Best Years of Our Lives." For at least this viewer, "The Pacific" does not begin to approach the style and dramatic impact of any of these other titles. This one was made for TV and it looks like it.
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