Mell Gibson leads a team of WW2 Special Forces commandos - "Attack Force Z" - to a South Pacific island occupied by Japanese forces. Their highly dangerous mission is to locate and rescue a defecting Japanese official who was on board an allied plane which has crashed in the dense island jungle. Based on a real WW II mission carried out by Z Special Unit (Known as Z Force), a forerunner of the S.A.S, made up mostly from Australian and British volunteers, their daring missions changed the course of the war and remain secret to this day.
A sterling cast from which Gibson shines, but all are outstanding. The Japanese cast is also brilliant. This is definitely a feel good war action film but with the refinement of being based on historical fact and having a good plot. The action scenes are exciting and personal, the romantic element not too incongruous.