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Enemy at the Gates (2001)
I first of all want to say I appreciate that a movie of today would attempt to deal with Stalingrad---most likely the most important battle of World War 2.The action scenes were very good and not completely overdone with CGI effects as most movies are today(Pearl Harbor)The English accent thing doesn't bother me too much as it does some people on here. Every movie can't be like The Passion of the Christ where the dialog was in Aramaic. The part that bothered me the most: THERE WAS NO ORAL SEX AT STALINGRAD As tender a scene as it was I'm sure that soldiers in a fever pitched battle who haven't probably bathed in months would not be doing this. That's my opinion for what it's worth.
Pearl Harbor (2001)
Special effects garbage
Terrible,terrible movie.Insipid love story,wooden acting and phony looking special effects.The Japanese planes look like something out of a video game buzzing around the battleships.See Tora,Tora,Tora for a accurate account of the battle with realistic special effects,superior in every way even being made thirty years earlier.It seems sometimes scale model battleships look better than inept digital ones.Our hero,Ben Affleck goes from a sinking Spitfire in the English channel to Pearl Harbor and then manages to fly in the Doolittle mission.How could we have won the war without him?Alec Baldwin does bear a resemblance to Jimmy Doolittle,at least his face.
The Thin Red Line (1998)
Pretentious waste of time
I was looking forward when this film came out to a realistic portrayal of men at war in the Pacific.Instead Terrance Mann gives us this artsy film of soldiers of an Army unit on Guadalcanal.We are first treated to scenes of the beauty of nature and this is shown in the thoughts of some of the soldiers.All the accounts that I have heard of described Guadalcanal as a fetid hellhole.I believe the troops on the island were more concerned with the malaria carrying mosquitoes,snakes and the ever present humidity.We also see the Japanese surrendering meekly in one scene;at this stage of the war few if any surrendered.A suicidal hari-kari or Banzai charge would have been their realistic fate.We also see the main characters relaxing in front of a campfire at night like a bunch of boy scouts.There would not have been any fires while out on patrol;the Japanese were experts at night infiltration and soldiers sitting at a campfire would have been rudely disturbed by a grenade or a samurai sword.
However that being said there were some well done scenes such as the attempt to take the hill and the humane captain's reluctance to send men to their death in a frontal attack. ...I don't know if John Travolta would be my first choice as a cameo of a brigadier general.