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Of course, the Platoon Commander for the the Brits in their sector has to be a silly cliché, a pompous, aristocratic Oxbridge type who has no concern at all for his men. The platoon sergeant is equally cliché, in that he (in contrast to the vacuous Lieutenant) is salt-of-the-earth, and a hero to his men... The other characters are predictably predictable as well.
I was also astounded to see a British soldier, who figures prominently in the drama, managing to get by on pluck, a bit of rum, and a lot of stiff upper lip when his leg is blown off by German artillery. Rather than succumb to shock, or blood loss, he pluckily binds up his stump with a tourniquet fashioned from his musette bag and webbing, and tally-hoes his way almost back to the British lines with a platoon of German infantrymen chasing after him across the mud, shell craters, and barbed wire.
The story had possibilities, but was obviously rushed to script and screen. The flagrant errors are simply the product of slap-dash historical research - a failing that is difficult to understand, given the extensive materials available.
Sad to see such interesting potential given a less-than-adequate treatment.
Can I please get my hour and thirty seven minutes back? Bad writing, wooden acting, cliche plot with the oh-so shocking abortion sub plot thrown in, and absolutely no understanding of the Great War or military history whatsoever. What a complete waste of time.
And by the way, no matter what army - corporals don't rate someone calling them "Sir." Crack a history book some time. Or better yet, a book on film making. You might learn something.
This could have been a very simple and elegant war story of camaraderie and heroism. Instead, the movie indulges itself in a sickening sub-story of an unfaithful wife and a botched abortion.
This hideous abortion digression is supposed to supply one of two sides of a metaphor: On the one side, we have women trying to destroy a life, on the other side, men trying to save a life. So much for a failed attempt at raising this story to the level of cinematic art.
If you are looking for a straight-up story of World War I and the World War I generation, forget watching this movie. The traditional romantic tension of soldiers at the front longing to be with their girlfriends and wives back home, or of faithful women waiting for their heroic lovers to return, does not exist in this movie. That theme has been supplanted by adultery, pregnancy, and a gory basement abortion, as opposed to the standard “back-alley abortion” of feminist mythology.
The synopsis for this movie is a lie. Avoid this very sick and stupid movie.
* The Sick & Stupid Score ranks movies from zero to ten in each category. For example, a Sick & Stupid Score of 5/5 indicates the movie is about average Sick and about average Stupid. A Score of 10/10 indicates the movie is so gross and idiotic no one should watch it; whereas a Score of 0/0 is a perfect movie.
The protagonist informs the other two survivors that at a certain time the German trench (and all of no man's land too, apparently) will be hammered by artillery. This is the reason that the three survivors are rushing against the clock to get back to their lines. But just in case this heavy artillery bombardment doesn't work, we later learn that the British have set a trap.
The entire front line trench has been rigged with high explosives and the British have pulled back. The British WANT the Germans to attack, capture the trench and then be blown up. Okay, so what is the purpose of the massive artillery bombardment if the British actually wanted the lure the Germans out and into their trap? A massive artillery attack would only succeed in keeping the Germans pinned down in their own trenches, hiding in their dugouts.
Of course this ingenious plan is foiled when one of the characters runs through no man's land in order to stop the impending artillery attack. He makes it through no man's land without being shot by the Germans (and the British too), but then snags his foot on a trip wire, falls into the recently abandoned front line trench and is promptly blown to the moon. Pompous jackass officer does not approve.
There were a few other things I found to be cheesy, but overall I could overlook this sort of thing.Read more ›
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This movie was horrible from start to finish. The only thing that came close to being "real" was the unfaithful wife, but they even took that too far. Read morePublished 9 months ago by ray wallace
Good but the movie itself was fine but they only focus on one battle and the acting's fine nothing specialPublished 11 months ago by Steele
very interesting movie, enjoyed it very much. good service from the vendor,and speedy deliveryPublished 11 months ago by nosongscowboy
A really lousy movie. A waste of time especially with the baby/abortion thing thrown in plus the "evil" German officer caricature. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Brian Gueck
Typical B movie acting with limited budget. But a pretty good story.Published 16 months ago by Charles W. Clark Jr
This was a good movie that makes you face the reality of war and see that it also affects those that were waiting in the wings. Read morePublished 16 months ago by claiib