We won in real life too. Sometimes objects and backgrounds looked blown up and low-detail or even skewed vertically in contrast to the foreground characters, leading me to believe they must have been chroma-keyed in, poorly. I know for a lot of people from the other side of the pond, anything that their govt and army says is the gospel. There's hardly any struggle for victory in this film, as it feels the good guys are chasing the baddies down like dogs and bombarding them from a distance with air strikes over and over. Characters' lips were moving about a quarter of a second behind the actual audio, though it wouldn't be unlikely that something went wrong beyond the filmmaking itself, so I won't hold this against the film as of yet. While the events may have been true we certainly do not know for a fact how it really went down. It is easy to evoke strong sympathy for characters of a war film, especially when they're based on true events, but this film misses the mark entirely.
The story isn't all that interesting to begin with. Despite no combat experience, he's confident that he and his team are coming back alive after kicking some terrorist asses, and they're gonna look dope doin' it. There's jokes and gags tossed in here and there which are thankfully not too frequent, but while they're intended for levity they come off as immature and inappropriate, especially given this movie's not depressing and thus doesn't require any levity. Reviewed by marcus1968 2 I was very disappointed, when I left the cinema. In fact, I would hesitate to even call Bay's more recent war film, 13 Hours, a bad film as it at least had a compelling story and fully realized characters that I cared about in spite of it's many shortcomings. Zero Dark Thirty tells the story of assassinating Osama Bin Laden and is critically acclaimed.
This film feels kind of like Pearl Harbor if that movie skipped the part where Pearl Harbor was attacked and instead focused on Hiroshima. During the introduction, he immediately gives his superiors attitude following the September 11th attacks, and subsequently throws a tantrum, kicking over his desk to protest against his promotion, and immediately gets what he wants for being an impatient manchild, though the movie intended me to get the impression that this guy's valiant and brave. The Afghans who incidentally historically have fought and mind you defeated many empires were once again portrayed and fumbling buffoons. On that accord this movie excelled. It's a ride, on horseback. If you wish to see how great and good the Americans are you will also not be disappointed. The best war films are the ones that tend to delve deep into the horrors of war, but this film would rather be a positive idea rather than a though-provoking experience.
I'm more into realistic war-movies, with depth-characters. United 93 has an incredible narrative, and it manages to make the most of its incredibly compelling story of real-world heroism while remaining respectful and realistic. It feels like there are dozens of lines in the film from every major character that are delivered with the desperate intention to become quotes. It's all 'good guy, bad guy'; The Americans are the saints, the heros; The Al Qaida the bastards. However I am really weary of seeing Captain America type of movies where only the Americans know how to shoot, kill, jump, ride and have emotions. Did I fail to mention are invincible as well.
It's like 300, except with modern weaponry, and less tact, and no style. Also, this may be an error on my theater's part, but the audio was out of sync. It's about the journey not the well known destination. The humor was cringeworthy at best. Characters charge into battle constantly, like birds with their chests puffed up, to such a blatant degree that it's surprising that they weren't going to subvert this trope and found it simply acceptable. Unlike just about every other film of the genre, the soldiers aren't shown as having fear despite lazily uttered lines claiming they do.
Though it can be argued that too many films nowadays are dark and gritty, there's a place for that tone, and war films are definitely the place to stick to that. There are many instances of blood squibs that look very digital which cheapen the movie and make it look like a video game at parts. Reviewed by john robinson xtreme2252 3 This is probably the worst war biopic I've ever seen, excluding thoroughly fictionalized ones such as Michael Bay's Pearl Harbor. Enjoy it for what it is. The main character especially comes off as unreasonably brash.
So to me, watching this movie was a waste of my time and money. There's no attempt made to surprise viewers, and oddly enough it tries its best to be comfortable and digestible. My advice is to watch if you like good positive ending movies, unlike some reviewers who care to watch chaos endings and continue to live in that type of world. This film is cheesier than the average 80's action flick. Somewhere between a 6-8 is reasonable and rationale.
The one star reviews are simply ridiculous. At no point did I feel any tension. . The editing is sloppy at best. Like any Hollywood depictions of based on true stories movies there are always additional materials to keep the story interesting, and I believe they did a good job in showing what these true American hero's do on a daily basis. There are annoyingly useless and repetitive clips, such as the needless cuts to the Jafar-esque villain of the film giving menacing stares at our heroes, which add nothing to the plot or characters and just act as padding in an already paper-thin story for an extremely bloated movie. A soldier is asked; 'Will you do this dangerous job? Numerous smoke, fire, and explosion effects also looked quite fake, and resolutions of objects seemed inconsistent.
This movie lacks any passion and is simply a paint-by-numbers war flick with no more intention than cashing in on the lowest common denominators, and it will impress none other than the least demanding moviegoers. The American soldiers feel invincible, and they pretty much are as they survive several close-proximity explosions while baddies are turned to red mist, hoist by their own petards. Every line of dialogue feels like it came off a script, and not a very clever one at that. . .
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