Thin Red Line, The
Starring: George Clooney, John Cusack, Nick Nolte, Thomas Jane, John Travolta, Sean Penn, James Caviezel, Ben Chaplin, Elias Koteas, Woody Harrelson
Directed by: Terrence Malick
Produced by: Fox 2000 Pictures, Geisler-Roberdeau, Phoenix Pictures
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
|B- B- B-|
|Review by Xibo
||Date seen: January 16, 1999|
|Viewing Location: Secaucus
|Summary: Another warm film in response to Saving Private Ryan|
|I'm not sure what the point of this movie was. It dragged on for three hours
and was pretty boring most of the time. I guess they wanted to make an
all-star answer to Saving Private Ryan. It wasn't as horrific, thankfully.
It tells the tale of the capture of Guadacanal, and presents the horrors of
war (as if we needed convincing that war is horrible). It also (sadly) tries
to throw a liberal bent to it, making like we were evil to fight the japs.
Hello? They bombed us in our country... they had to be defeated. Anyway,
Nick Nolte and Sean Pean give excellent performances, and there's some okay
acting by a couple other guys I didn't recognize, but the whole thing just
dragged on and on. There was no real plot, and the whole thing just kinda
ended after a while. I thought they were done at the two-hour point, but
they dragged on for another hour after that. I miss the old-fashioned war
movies, where there was a definite plot, less gore, heroic heroes, and you
felt good watching it. After all, movies are supposed to be entertainment.
|B- B- B-|
|Review by Carneggy
||Date seen: March 1, 2000|
|Viewing Location: home
|Summary: Esoteric? You bet!|
|Like Xibo noted, very very light on plot, and very big on voice-overs and morality lessons. Visually beautiful film, strong acting performances - in a film that seems Written For Actors To Emote In. Wasn't ever supposed to be Private Ryan, and was made at the same time - this film goes in a totally different direction. Unfortunately, the film goes down that direction without leaving any of the viewers a map to follow. It's very, very long, and very slow in places. Don't watch this if you're expecting an action film, or even an active one. Even so, some of the scenes and much of the acting were excellent. |
|A- A- A-|
|Review by tmon
||Date seen: December 31, 2000|
|Viewing Location: NYC
|Summary: Give it a chance.|
|Some have said that the long pauses and strange jump from one personal story to another made this film a little artsy. Well, maybe. But I liked the fact that it tried not to be a story centered around one or two people, that in a bloody standoff there may be many heroes and not just many victims. The sharp contrast of the "newbies" coming in after the first ones in had suffered was well played. I could have done without the George Cloney cameo.
If you let yourself go and fall into the imagery of the movie you will fell like you are sitting on the ground watching these men. |
"I should put quotes here."