A powerful front line cast, including Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Woody Harrelson, and George Clooney, explodes into action in this hauntingly realistic view of military and moral chaos in the Pacific during World War II.
American war film
- The Thin Red Line review by JD
(0) of (0) members found this review helpful.
You rated this film: 2
Although this an excellently acted American war film it is competing with an overfull genre. It is in a minority in that it is the Japanese that are the enemy. It is not unusual however in that there are overwhelming moralistic themes on the horror of war. The gentle soldier is the main theme. Some of them become numbed with brutality, others go mad. To be frank there are so many moralistic points being made that it loses its own thread. There are flash forwards to African villages that really are never clear, are they flash backs? How do they get to Africa from Japan? Why? Everyone drinks spirits by the bottle but nobody is drunk. Are they all extra-special? Will you care? I don't think so.