Taking place towards the end of WWII, 500 American Soldiers have been entrapped in a camp for 3 years. Beginning to give up hope they will ever be rescued, a group of Rangers goes on a dangerous mission to try and save them.
Set in the Philippines in 1945 towards the end of WWII, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Henry Mucci and Captain Robert Prince, the 6th Ranger Battalion undertake a daring rescue mission against all odds. Traveling thirty miles behind enemy lines, they intend to liberate over 500 American Soldiers from the notorious Cabanatuan Japanese POW camp in the most audacious rescue ever.Written by
Almost none of the U.S. Army soldiers seen in the film wear the distinctive and famous M1 helmet; the main force depicted onscreen are the 6th Ranger Battalion, who left their helmets behind and wore soft 'Swing caps' for the raid. The reason for this was that the helmets were bulky, heavy, and noisy if struck. They were also known to give a glare, which would give their positions away on such a secretive mission. See more »
In the film, Lt. Col. Mucci wears the 'second-pattern' herringbone-twill (HBT) fatigue uniform during all of his scenes. The 'second-pattern', also the most common style of all of the U.S. Army HBT uniforms, can be differentiated from other versions via the large chest pockets stretching all the way to the waist, designed to hold boxes of 'K-rations'. However, in historical photographs of Mucci, he wears the older 'first-pattern' uniform, which in turn can be identified due to its much smaller, pleated chest pockets. See more »
I knew almost nothing of this film before I saw it but based on a couple comments I had heard, I went with my dad to see it tonight.
Some people commented on how slow the movie is during the beginning, and although that is true, it is there to give you time to develop a story and actual care about the characters. This is definitely not a movie for people with near zero attention spans from the MTV Generation.
This movie also doesn't rely on gimmicks such as CGI or what I call "shaky camera syndrome" where the filmmakers insist on making the audience nauseous by running around with handy-cams (ala Bourne Supremacy).
I really enjoyed the story and thought all the roles were well acted. The final raid scene is amazing. They did a really good job of explaining exactly what they wanted to do beforehand and when it actually happened, you understood where everyone was running to and what they were trying to accomplish.
Excellent movie, and highly recommended. Definitely one of the best movies so far of the year, I'm just sad that almost no one has heard about it and the movie has received so little promotion. I doubt this picture will even make $20 million here.
And one more thing, I thought it was a very tasteful and respectful thing to do at the end during the credits where they showed archival footage of the real soldiers being rescued.
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