The Great Raid
The Great Raid is an inspirational true story of one of the most triumphant rescue missions during World War II. As the war rages, the elite 6th Ranger Battalion is given a mission of heroic proportions: push 30 miles behind enemy lines and liberate over 500 prisoners of war.
War movie of no special note, entertaining while I watched it, but I doubt I'll remember it again and I don't want to see it again either.
This should've been a lot better. The story just takes too long for it to get going. The raid itself at the very end of the film was very nice but the film took 90 minutes to get there without any action. The great performances from Joseph Fiennes and Benjamin Bratt made up for the lacking of pace and made this film somewhat interesting for me. It's a shame and the most successfull raid in US military history is deserving of a better film.
Functional war film ... interesting true story but an average film..
This had all the making of a great movie: an astonishing true story of the most successful rescue in American military history, interesting characters, a decent cast, an exotic location, etc - but somehow it failed to deliver.
On the plus side, I loved the set and I really liked some of the shots and camera work. I also liked that the raid seems to have been shown as it might have happened (no need to make up heroic acts when there were plenty of actual ones to choose from).
But I really disliked the romantic story-line... totally unnecessary and totally out of place. All it achieved was to have Joseph Fiennes' character mope around all day like a pathetic, lovestruck school-boy - which I'm sure, in real-life, he wasn't.
I liked the screen-time given to the actions and ideas of the Filipino guerrillas. In fact I'd love to see a Filipino-made movie about their war stories.
"Henry, I'll be honest with you. This mission appeals more to my heart than to my head." Gen. Krueger
Considering all the flack it received from critics, I went into this film half-expecting two hours worth of jingoism and cheap heroics. But that's not what I found. What I found was a mature, well-crafted, and truly moving war film - a visual memorial to the courage of the POWS and the men who rescued them. No, it's not on the same level as Saving Private Ryan, but how many movies are? The performances are excellent (particularly in the case of Franco and Fiennes), and recreation of the raid itself is as gripping as anything you've ever seen. This film which deserves a more appreciative audience than it has received, so go ahead and give it a watch. You won't regret it.
Rated R for Strong war violence and some language. Iffy for age 16
Incredibly cliché and too much focus on creating drama.
2 out of 5 (C)
I was an extra in this!
Decent men on a mission flick with nice build up and characters. A bit too much heroism and military choir music