| The Great Raid (2005) |
The movie was realistic, historically accurate, profound and inspiring; I was impressed. It does not quite measure up to the greatest war movies, such as "Saving Private Ryan", "Das Boot", or "A Bridge Too Far", but it is still very good.
During World War II, 500 US POWs have been trapped in the Philippines and held by Japanese forces for three years. Having survived the Bataan Death March, the beatings, the abuse, malnutrition, and malaria it appears that their luck is about to run out. A group of US Rangers must attempt a daring rescue before it is too late.
There are no gimmicks in this movie, no Chuck Norris with his iron fists. Unfortunately, you won't see a thousand tanks or one hundred planes. You won't see thousands of soldiers digitally multiplied like in "Lord of the Rings". Thankfully, you won't see Brad Pitt flex his muscles or any other big name actors.
What you will see is the simple truth of men (and a couple women) of amazing courage, loyalty, and perseverance. I was so inspired by the end of the movie, that I nearly cried and could not help judging myself harshly by comparison.
Lt. Colonel Mucci (played by Benjamin Bratt) says that his men deserve their time of glory. Not the glory of marching bands or newspaper interviews, but the glory of knowing, in their hearts and for all time, that they had done something important and good in this war.
This movie was a bit slow in the beginning and middle, but picked up nicely after the half way mark.
MMG rates this movie male-friendly, showing camaraderie, loyalty, and professionalism among the soldiers and resistance fighters that is a fair and decent portrayal.
- Reviewed by Paul G
Rated: R is the USA, PG-13 in Canada due to strong war violence, including executions
Duration: 132 minutes