Ever wonder why hollywood directors take so many liberties when making a war movie? In my opinion, this film provides a more than adequate answer. Granted, the attack scene is very well executed, with special effects that are impressive even today. But the rest of the film is dry and soulless. The characters spout dialogue that sounds like it was taken out of a college history textbook word for word. If you want an impressive factual account of Dec. 7 and the preceeding events, then check out the two DVD History Channel documentary. If you want to see an entertaining Pearl Harbor film that is true to the essence of the 1940's, see Michail Bay's Pearl Harbor. Of course, if you fall in between those two extremes, then Tora Tora Tora just might be the one for you.