MIDWAY centers on the Battle of Midway, a clash between the American fleet and the Imperial Japanese Navy which marked a pivotal turning point in the Pacific Theater during WWII. The film, based on the real-life events of this heroic feat, tells the story of the leaders and soldiers who used their instincts, fortitude and bravery to overcome the odds.
In the movie Admiral Nagumo is the target of some criticism. During the attack on Pearl Harbor the prime targets - the carriers - were all out to sea, so the victory was limited. If he had launched a third wave that targeted the dry docks and oil tanks, this would have doubled the victory and set the Americans back by a full year. To the astonishment of his fliers, crews and his entire battle group, he decided not to do so, stating that the element of surprise was lost and that he needed to preserve his fleet for future operations. As the U.S. defenses had been all but destroyed, this was a very timid and fateful decision. Among other things, as seen in the film, the Yorktown was able to make use of the dry dock. Were it not for this, it would not have been present at Midway and would have not struck a fatal blow to the Japanese carrier, Hiryu. Later, during the battle of Midway, Nogumo's flip-flopping between arming his planes for bombing Midway and for torpedoing the U.S. fleet would cost him all four of his carriers and make the defeat of Japan inevitable. All the deaths in the Pacific theater for the subsequent three years of fighting were a complete an total waste that did nothing but prolong the war. See more »
The belligerent and disrespectful attitude of Lt. Best strains credulity. This was the 1940s, not present day, and he was an academy-trained officer rather than an enlisted malcontent. One doesn't get into Annapolis unless they are recommended by a member of Congress or the son of a Medal of Honor recipient. No superior officer would have tolerated even the slightest bit of backtalk as such a thing would undermine the team and serve as a direct threat to their lives. Never would such an officer behave in this way. He would be lucky to make it through his first year at the academy. See more »
Washington is starting from a false assumption, and looking for evidence to support it.
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The opening credits, including the LIONSGATE logo, are sepia-toned and grainy, resembling old film of the 1940s, played over by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Quarantine Speech. See more »
Abundant, not-quite-realistic computer-generated images make Midway look more like a video game than a depiction of real-life events. The overuse of subpar effects is the most dominant - but hardly the only - problem dogging this film. Epic war stories are difficult to tell without focusing on a few characters. This film unsuccessfully juggles too many plot threads and too many characters to keep an emotional anchor to the simulated events unfolding. Woody Harrelson is outstanding, but other cast members cannot overcome the limitations of the material and the challenges of acting on computer-generated sets.
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