The Thin Red Line

The Thin Red Line ★★★★★

98/100

"I seen another world. Sometimes I think it was just my imagination."

Terrence Malick's mystical purgatory, flooded with smoke carried through the winds and continuously mournful of its own narrative. Angels visit and embrace those who leave in peace while rays of light shown through tattered leaves greet the souls of men who perish in battle. Guadalcanal's sweeping hills and humid jungles provide a backdrop where Heaven and Hell clash, raging their eternal war over distinctly human events. All the soldiers are permanently woven with varying expressions of lost, forgotten qualities, dashing among the tall grass while quiet shrieks of agony reverberate towards a blue horizon. Nature is a dangerous passageway, and the serpents can kill just as swiftly as the mortal opponents emerging from the entangled mess of vines and trees, but the destination leads to a loftier, scarier end point. Restful yet savage, The Thin Red Line towers above every tree canopy, as if determined to uncover the specifics of a void where everything goes still and passes on.

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