The Thin Red Line

The Thin Red Line ★★★★

The Thin Red Line is one of those rare movies without a very defined beginning or ending. This seemingly endless war epic was made by directing veteran Terrence Malick and depicts parts of the Guadacanal campaign during World War 2. Malick uses this chance to take a very philosophical approach to the story, heavy on the themes of war, life and human behavior.

With Jim Caviezel, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Adrien Brody, John Cusack, John Travolta, Woody Harrelson, Jared Leto and Kirk Acevedo this film features both acting veterans and rising stars. The time is split up well between the many characters, giving all the actors a chance to shine and they all do, but a few like Jim Caviezel, Sean Penn, John Cusack and especially Nick Nolte really illuminates the screen. Few films dares to tackle such a simple story such as that of a battle, without resorting to side stories or generic drama.

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