Rent Midway (2019)

3.3 of 5 from 114 ratings
2h 13min
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Synopsis:
"Midway" centres on the Battle of Midway, a clash between the American fleet and the Imperial Japanese Navy which marked a pivotal turning point in the Pacific during WWII. The film, based on the real-life events of this heroic feat, tells the story of the leaders and sailors who used their instincts, fortitude and bravery to overcome the odds.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Roland Emmerich, Harald Kloser
Writers:
Wes Tooke
Studio:
Lionsgate Films
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Drama, New Releases
BBFC:
Release Date:
09/03/2020
Run Time:
133 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Audio Commentary by Roland Emmerich
  • Getting It Right: The Making of 'Midway'
  • Theatrical Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
09/03/2020
Run Time:
138 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Audio Commentary by Roland Emmerich
  • Getting It Right: The Making of Midway
  • The Men of Midway
  • Roland Emmerich: Man on a Mission
  • Turning Point: The Legacy of Midway
  • Joe Rochefort: Breaking the Japanese Code
  • We Met at Midway: Two Survivors Remember
  • Theatrical Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
09/03/2020
Run Time:
138 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing, Spanish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Audio Commentary by Roland Emmerich
  • Getting It Right: The Making of Midway
  • The Men of Midway
  • Roland Emmerich: Man on a Mission
  • Turning Point: The Legacy of Midway
  • Joe Rochefort: Breaking the Japanese Code
  • We Met at Midway: Two Survivors Remember
  • Theatrical Trailer

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Reviews (2) of Midway

3rd time unlucky - Midway review by DB

Spoiler Alert
13/03/2020

There have been several attempts to tell this story fom "Tora! Tora! Tora!" (1970) ,then "Midway" (1976) to this one . They all have been a case of diminishing returns if you ask me. This one does at least try to rescue the contribution of the pilots and give them at least as much weight in the story as the navy , but that's about as positive as I can be about it. Otherwise this is war in pastel colours and soft focus as only the most average CGI can give you ( thats not to say it isn't good but such is our standards with CGI these days this does feel a little off ).

In truth I still think we are waiting for this story to be told well , but I'm not sure it ever will be - Midway was a huge battle and most of the ships were never in sight of each other ( despite what this movie suggests ) and the respective fleet commanders were left to make nuanced decisions from incomplete and inaccurate information. In truth the battle really turned , against the overall balance on the day, from a lucky piece of timing for the Americans (10 minutes or so ) in a battle that lasted all day. I'm not sure that's a story cinema can tell well , you might be better off trying to find a good book about it .

If historical accuracy is irrelevant to you and you are just out for an adventure movie this might suit but it's not really more than that.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Thrilling and brilliantly executed - Midway review by MW

Spoiler Alert
22/03/2020

I've always been quite fond of the 1976 film which, as I recall, used newly created content mixed with real life archive footage.  So, I was really looking forward to seeing what nearly 50 years of cinematic progress would yield.

It's always possible to pull war movies apart as they can never provide the detail and accuracy of a 500-page book or a good documentary series, yet I really enjoyed this and its honourable efforts to portray the roles of so many people in a vital episode of the battle against tyranny.  The special effects vary a tad from breathtaking dive bombing sequences to some slightly cartoonish explosions but the overall result is still very impressive.

My advice is to watch it once to get an overall sense of the narrative, then dive into the excellent special features, and finally watch the film again.  It's unusual for me to view the same film twice in a weekend but I really thought this was worth it.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

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