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Johnny Got His Gun (2008)

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The story of a young American soldier hit by an artillery shell on the last day of the First World War. The film takes place in the mind of a quadruple amputee who has also lost his eyes, ... See full summary »



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The story of a young American soldier hit by an artillery shell on the last day of the First World War. The film takes place in the mind of a quadruple amputee who has also lost his eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. Regaining consciousness, 20 year-old Joe Bonham slowly discovers that while his brain is healthy and able to reason, the rest of his body is irreparably shattered, leaving him forever trapped within the confines of his own imagination. He struggles valiantly to find some way to communicate with the outside world. Tapping his head in Morse code he breaks through and pleads with his caretakers to be put on display as a living example of the cost of war. Written by Wesley Horton

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The body of war. The heart of a man.





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JOHNNY GOT.....SHORTCHANGED, Is the Appropriate Title for this 2008 Remake!
20 February 2015 | by (Pasto, Colombia) – See all my reviews

Please don't make the same mistake I did. To Wit: Because this was a Remake of the 1971 CLASSIC, recycling the original title, my curiosity was piqued. There is just one good thing that can be said about this pathetic remake….It's short! (Only about 74 minutes to the End Credits) You don't have to be a genius to imagine the process this movie went through to be produced. Actor Rowan Joseph wanted to add producer and director to his Resume. He recalled an outstanding, but relatively obscure, film he saw in his teens (only 10,500 votes on IMDb), that could be rebooted and tweaked down to keep production costs next to nothing (No INFO on IMDb, so I'm guessing 100K, or less). Seeing as how I could find no Box Office INFO, neither here or after a quick GOOGLE search, I'm assuming it didn't break any records! Well, JOHNNY (2008) did accomplish its initial goal…Congratulations Mr. Joseph! You now have the titles of Producer and Director on your IMDb Resume!

This film has been redone as a hallucination/dream(?) of a World War One paraplegic. The most important criteria for this decision, I'm sure, was budget driven. The 1971 Original continued to ricochet around my brain for years, honestly, until I saw it again, much later. One of the most powerful films I have ever seen and the very best anti-war theme ever put on screen. Can I understand a lot of people rating this 6, 7 or even 8 Stars if they did not see the original? Yes, because (2008) has completely ripped off a phenomenal original idea. That being admitted, it must be added that anyone who has seen the original would say the remake is but an extremely pale shadow of the original and would never give it more than 4/10 Stars! (My rating: 3).

In fairness to Mr. Joseph, perhaps his idea that the original was incredible and deserved a remake, I could understand and agree with. Maybe even his concept for the remake, as he envisioned it in his head, wasn't so bad…But he fell terribly short in the execution. Sorry…Rowan…Better luck next time!


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