Sergeant Michael Dunne fights in the 10th Battalion, AKA The "Fighting Tenth" with the 1st Canadian Division and participated in all major Canadian battles of the war, and set the record for highest number of individual bravery awards for a single battle. Written by
My God! Watching this film, I found it hard to believe that it was done with a straight face. Cliché riddled, irrelevant and soporific subplots, truly laughable, wooden, anachronistic dialogue, stilted acting, the miscasting of virtually every character (with Gross himself taking the blue ribbon in this regard), the movie is an embarrassment. Indeed, its hard to know what's more embarrassing - the movie itself or the fact there are so many reviewers whose patriotism makes them blind to its stink and causes them to heap praise upon it. I'm embarrassed that people can be so misguided and let their need to boost Canada interfere with their critical faculties. But I digress.
In fact, it was obvious that the film was going to be dreadful within minutes of the opening titles. By this I mean that it actively oozed CBC - the sets, the vistas, the type of lens used, EVERYTHING just reeked of a CBC influence. Except for the battle scenes, there was a pervasive sense that one was watching yet another prototypical, Sunday 7 PM, CBC special presentation. It is actually sad that Paul Gross invested so much of his heart and soul in this production.
I've given it a '2' out of 10, rather than a mere '1', to reflect the fact that it had at least one redeeming quality - it ended.
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