The Thin Red Line

The Thin Red Line ★★★★★

It’s apparent right from the beginning that this is not a conventional war film. Adapted from the 1962 James Jones novel of the same name, screenwriter and director Terrence Malick concentrates on the consequences of war; there are no dramatic acts of courage and no proclamations of patriotism, instead it explores the notion that war is an exceptionally personal and isolating experience in which each soldier undergoes the subjective atrocities of war by himself. Seldom are war movies this lyrical and introspective, and this continues to endure as one of Malick’s culminating accomplishments.

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