I know for a lot of people from the other side of the pond, anything that their govt and army says is the gospel. For the first time in their prestigious careers these unsung heroes undertake this dangerous mission for self instead of country. We won in real life too. No stranger to politics, Cheney's impressive resume includes stints as White House chief of staff, House Minority Whip and defense secretary. The American soldiers feel invincible, and they pretty much are as they survive several close-proximity explosions while baddies are turned to red mist, hoist by their own petards. Reviewed by john robinson xtreme2252 3 This is probably the worst war biopic I've ever seen, excluding thoroughly fictionalized ones such as Michael Bay's Pearl Harbor.
Sometimes objects and backgrounds looked blown up and low-detail or even skewed vertically in contrast to the foreground characters, leading me to believe they must have been chroma-keyed in, poorly. Though it can be argued that too many films nowadays are dark and gritty, there's a place for that tone, and war films are definitely the place to stick to that. We won in real life too. If you wish to see how great and good the Americans are you will also not be disappointed. So to me, watching this movie was a waste of my time and money.
At no point did I feel any tension. But it is true, this really did happen. As far as the battle scenes go there's that suspicion it may have received some of the Hollywood action movie push. The best war films are the ones that tend to delve deep into the horrors of war, but this film would rather be a positive idea rather than a though-provoking experience. See the film and don't pick it apart, rather, be proud there is another great generation and just be glad we have soldiers like these 12.
Also, this may be an error on my theater's part, but the audio was out of sync. Unlike just about every other film of the genre, the soldiers aren't shown as having fear despite lazily uttered lines claiming they do. Not sure I can watch the entire flick. I'm more into realistic war-movies, with depth-characters. Don't think the Taliban have landed a single round so far. In fact, I would hesitate to even call Bay's more recent war film, 13 Hours, a bad film as it at least had a compelling story and fully realized characters that I cared about in spite of it's many shortcomings.
Much like Lone Survivor it's a pretty decent depiction of a true story for a film production, but also much like Lone Survivor, I wish it had taken the source material a tad more seriously, and attached much more telling and brutal realism like Saving Private Ryan and The Hurt Locker in terms of mood and dialog and acting, and even equipment and battle scenes. Enjoy it for what it is. It's been dumbed down, and 90% of the audience will have no idea. When Bush wins by a narrow margin, Cheney begins to use his newfound power to help reshape the country and the world. It feels like there are dozens of lines in the film from every major character that are delivered with the desperate intention to become quotes. There are many instances of blood squibs that look very digital which cheapen the movie and make it look like a video game at parts.
It is on around 90 minutes too long too. Did I fail to mention are invincible as well. I have nothing but praise for these fearless 12 warriors and I'm proud their story is now displayed for all of us who they put it over the line for. If it could have been better depicted I'm certainly not sure exactly how as the victory was near impossible and that is captured on film quite realistically. More realistic tactics, weapons that fire and report realistically, bombs that aren't full of fireballs all the time, etc. I wish I could rate it as zero. There's jokes and gags tossed in here and there which are thankfully not too frequent, but while they're intended for levity they come off as immature and inappropriate, especially given this movie's not depressing and thus doesn't require any levity.
A soldier is asked; 'Will you do this dangerous job? To sum it up, its boring Hollywood propaganda. The Afghans who incidentally historically have fought and mind you defeated many empires were once again portrayed and fumbling buffoons. It's about the journey not the well known destination. But many would have lost interest in the drama. The one star reviews are simply ridiculous.
The main character especially comes off as unreasonably brash. Every line of dialogue feels like it came off a script, and not a very clever one at that. Its a typical movie of the type where all Americans are so great and good and can just walk through an army of men without anything happening to them. It seems like even our supposed allies are so distrustful the operation is doomed. Like any Hollywood depictions of based on true stories movies there are always additional materials to keep the story interesting, and I believe they did a good job in showing what these true American hero's do on a daily basis. But when events take an unexpected turn and threaten to spiral out of control, their skills, their loyalties and their morals are pushed to a breaking point in an epic battle for survival. There's no attempt made to surprise viewers, and oddly enough it tries its best to be comfortable and digestible.
Importantly the movie gets this point across. The editing is sloppy at best. So to me, watching this movie was a waste of my time and money. Numerous smoke, fire, and explosion effects also looked quite fake, and resolutions of objects seemed inconsistent. Plus, no one behind the special effects or acting or script or direction were there. I want something that transports us there. During the introduction, he immediately gives his superiors attitude following the September 11th attacks, and subsequently throws a tantrum, kicking over his desk to protest against his promotion, and immediately gets what he wants for being an impatient manchild, though the movie intended me to get the impression that this guy's valiant and brave.
Characters charge into battle constantly, like birds with their chests puffed up, to such a blatant degree that it's surprising that they weren't going to subvert this trope and found it simply acceptable. I don't want a Tears Of The Sun fairy tale with my war movies. While the events may have been true we certainly do not know for a fact how it really went down. United 93 has an incredible narrative, and it manages to make the most of its incredibly compelling story of real-world heroism while remaining respectful and realistic. So I guess there's no real hard done, right? Somewhere between a 6-8 is reasonable and rationale. Characters' lips were moving about a quarter of a second behind the actual audio, though it wouldn't be unlikely that something went wrong beyond the filmmaking itself, so I won't hold this against the film as of yet.