In honor of veteran's day, Monday, November 11, Robert has assembled a list of five films, they are set respectively in WWII, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Battle of Mogadisu, and Iraq.
Another set of classic war-related films will be posted Friday.
Flags of Our Fathers
This American war film, directed by Clint Eastwood, concerns itself with the five Marines and one Navy Corpsman who were involved with raising the flag on Iwo Jima during the battle, and the aftereffects of that event on their lives. The film made the Top Ten List of the National Board of Review, and received two Academy Award nominations, with the Rotten Tomatoes website giving it a 73% "Fresh" rating. Richard Roeper said "Flags of Our Fathers is a patriotic film in that it honors those who fought in the Pacific, but it is also patriotic because it questions the official version of the truth, and reminds us that superheroes exist only in comic books and cartoon movies."
This American war film, written and directed by Oliver Stone, and starring Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger and Willem DaFoe is based on Stone’s experiences as a U.S. infantryman in Vietnam. It was intended to counter the vision of war portrayed in John Wayne’s The Green Berets. The film won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. And Roger Ebert gave it four out of four stars, calling it the best film of the year, and the ninth best of the 1980’s. The movie currently has an 87% rating at Rotten Tomatoes, with Vincent Canby in his New York Times review saying “Platoon is the best work of any kind about the Vietnam War since Michael Herr’s vigorous and hallucinatory book Dispatches.
This biographical drama war film, directed by Sam Mendes, and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Fox and Chris Cooper, is based on U.S. Marine Anthony Swofford’s memoirs of boot camp and duty in the Persian Gulf as a part of the operation 'Desert Shield'. The title comes from the slang term used to refer to U.S. Marines. The film received mixed to positive reviews from critics, registering a 61% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with Roger Ebert giving it three-and-a-half out of four stars, and crediting it for “its unique portrayal of Gulf War Marines who battle boredom and a sense of isolation rather than enemy combatants".
This American war film, directed by Ridley Scott, chronicles the events of the Battle of Mogadishu, a raid integral to the United States’ effort to capture Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid. The film features a large ensemble cast, and it won two Oscars for Best Film Editing and Best Sound at the 74th Academy Awards. The movie received many positive reviews, although none from the Somalis, with film critic Mike Clark of USA Today writing that the film "extols the sheer professionalism of America’s elite Delta Force – even in the unforeseen disaster that was 1993’s Battle of Mogadishu".
The Hurt Locker
2009 (in America)
This American war film, directed by Kathryn Bigelow, and starring Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie and Brian Geraghty, is about a three-man Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team during the Iraq War. On release, the movie received universal acclaim with Rotten Tomatoes giving the film a rating of 97%. And Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun Times rating the film as the best film of 2009 and the second best of the decade, writing, "The Hurt Locker is a great film, an intelligent film, a film shot clearly so we know exactly who everybody is and where they are and what they’re doing and why”. Also, for 2009, the film won six Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director.