Battle Ground [DVD + Digital]
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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.
There is a lot of action in the trenches. That part is great and well done. the British really need to give positive endings to there war movies. I would have given it 5 stars except fpr the female home front part of the movie. Which is just about 10 or 15 minutes of the overall movie. It really not needed.
I think I will edit my home movie and eliminate the females home front parts. For future viewing.
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.
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EXCELLENT WWI movie - - good portrayal of common soldiers on a horrible battlefield - - and the people they left behind at home.Published 11 hours ago by C. Murphree
Interesting movie. Slow at times, but captured the human element of trench warfare. Lead actor looked a bit too young to be a Sergeant Major.Published 16 hours ago by Deutsche Frau