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For my money, however, "Private Ryan" is what most people look for in a war film. "Thin Red Line" certainly conveys the inner personal anguish, doubt, fear, and even savagery of its combatants, but it doesn't show the real, external face of war.
But please, folks, don't delude the readers with the idea that one of these two films is "better" than the other. They both have their respectful place in moviemaking about war.
Spanning a running time of just short of three hours, we're taken on a journey to Guadalcanal, where American troops are landing on the sandy beaches only to encounter a foe that, for a while, seems unbeatable. Their mission: to take over an airstrip and give America an advantage in the Pacific War. It is here that the characters are established: First Sergeant Welsh (Sean Penn), whose only wish is to lose all feeling for the events he experiences; Lt. Colonel Tall (Nick Nolte), obsessed more with his image than with actual victory; Private Witt (Jim Caviezel), a quiet, almost spiritual soldier with a soft yet firm heart; and Private Bell (Ben Chaplin), whose memories of his wife are what fuel his drive to fulfill his mission so he may return home.
Like "Ryan," this film has intense images of graphic violence associated with war and battle. While Malick does not use the same technique as Speilberg, whose film is gritty and never without unsteady camera shots, his slow-motion captures, cut to the powerful score of Hans Zimmer, are just as moving and powerful.Read more ›
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Sophmoric philosophy and unrealistic soldier reactions to killing and the dilemmas faced.Published 23 days ago by Zenmaster
I can't stand this film. The philosophical narration was naive and annoying. It appears to be written by someone who thinks wars in which America was involved are the first of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by RobRock
Fantastic movie. Malik's style Is clear. Cinematography is outstanding as is the theme of our sharing a human spirit with diverse people and animals. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert W. Marquis
This is such a powerful film that I can only watch it once a year and I have seen it now over fifteen times since it was released in 1989. Read morePublished 1 month ago by H. J. Spencer PhD, renegade-Physicist
Perhaps the most deeply spiritual film ever made (so far)... It's in my all-time top five... If you haven't yet, please see it as soon as possible.Published 2 months ago by Cheapskater999