Monday, March 16, 2009
We Were Soldiers. B
It's difficult for me to like any war film, though some, such as 'Wings' 'Full Metal Jacket' and 'Apocalypse Now' I absolutely love. Yet I will always admire any war film greatly. 'We Were Soldiers' is a typical war picture set in Vietnam, and like most recent war films, it shows us how truly exhausting and terrifying war can be. Mel Gibson plays Colonel Hal Moore, a dedicated family man and officer who leads his men in the fight at Death Valley. One thing I liked was that director Randall Walace (the writer for 'Braveheart') gives us a brief view of the war from the Vietnamese' perspective, sort of like a brief version of Clint Eastwood's Iwo Jima saga. This is a very violent, brutal movie, but that is no surprise seeing as so many war movies these days attempt to make the battles seem as realistic as possible. The most disturbing scene in the entire movie is when an American solider named Jimmy gets burned. It was one of the most disturbing movie scenes I have ever seen. War movie buffs will likely be all over 'We Were Soldiers,' but for the rest of us, this, though very well made, unfortunately is just another war movie.