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
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.
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The horrors of war....
- The Thin Red Line review by TB
This is a lengthy but well filmed story of the horrors of war and the testing of human morals. It has all the action and scenes associated with most war films but has an overriding story of human faith and morals being challenged throughout and playing out in parallel with the atrocities of war. The voice over highlights this with such well chosen and emotive words. For the very few that come out the other side, it gives a renewed strength and appreciation of life but for so many war takes their lives in some shape or form. For the fortunate they die in battle. However, those who do survive are in the main left numb and stripped of their faith and souls.
This isn’t a spectacular film and it’s not an all action film, if that’s what you’re after. However, what it is, is a film that questions all of our morals and appreciation of life and death.