|We Were Soldiers (HD-DVD, 2006)|
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Based on the book of the same title by Hal Moore. Mel Gibson starred in this 2002 film production. In 1965, 400 American troops faced an ambush by 2,000 enemy troops in the Ia Drang Valley (also known as the Valley of Death), in one of the most gruesome fights of the Vietnam War. WE WERE SOLDIERS is a detailed recreation of this true story: of the strategies, obstacles, and human cost faced by the troops that participated. The story focuses on the lieutenant colonel that led the attack, Hal Moore (Mel Gibson), and a civilian reporter who accompanied them, Joseph Galloway (Barry Pepper), as well as a number of other soldiers who were involved. This is an unusual Vietnam film in that it also shows the North Vietnamese perspective on the battle. Basically, this is a moving film, which, by sticking close to the true stories of real soldiers, very effectively brings home the overwhelming horror of war.
Based on the book by Lt. Col. Harold Moore (ret.) and journalist Joseph Galloway, We Were Soldiers offers a dignified reminder that the Vietnam War yielded its own crop of American heroes. Departing from Hollywood's typically cynical treatment of the war, writer-director Randall Wallace focuses on the first engagement of American soldiers with the North Vietnamese enemy in November 1965. Moore (played with colorful nuance by Mel Gibson) and nearly 400 inexperienced troopers from the U.S. Air Cavalry were surrounded by 2,000 North Vietnamese Army soldiers, and the film re-creates this brutal firefight with graphic authenticity, while telling the parallel story of grieving army wives back home. While UPI reporter Galloway (Barry Pepper) risks his life to chronicle the battle, Wallace offers a balanced (though somewhat fictionalized) perspective while eliciting laudable performances from an excellent cast. Like the best World War II dramas of the 1940s, We Were Soldiers pays tribute to brave men while avoiding the pitfalls of propaganda.
Great flick!I Basically Mel Gibson leads the 7th Calvary (Custer's old outfit..I couldn't make this up) in the first organized helicopter attack in Vietnam and accidently drops into an ungodly hornet's nest of enemy soldiers that has them outnumbered, surrounded, and engaged in a three day battle for their very survival. I liked the fact that this is a true story and depicted as accurately as they could make it and I found the documentary and director's commentary version just as interesting as the movie itself. Mel Gibson, Sam Elliot and Barry Pepper are excellent in it and the story itself should satisfy any war-movie fan or history buff. Elliot is tougher than nails as Mel's number 2 man and Pepper plays a sensitive combat photographer who has to fight for his life like everybody else. You meet the real guys this is about in the documentary. You also get a look into the family aspect of war as the death notifications begin to hit the army neighborhood where they all live and their loved ones try to cope. This is serious stuff and you get the feeling that nobody walked away from this thing unchanged. You probably won't watch this again and again because of the inherent sadness of the subject matter but the story itself is unforgettable.
Based on the book of a similar title (We Were Soldiers Once and Men), this war film portrays the up-close, gory "face" of battle in the Vietnam Central Highlands. It vividly shows the courage and controlled terror and rage of infantrymen in close combat. Heart-rending portrayal of the dread and grief of family members whose loved ones were missing or killed in action. Excellent performances by Sam Elliott and Barry Pepper. Pepper's portrayal of Galloway shows how survival instincts can overpower one's conscience in the heat of battle. Mel Gibson gives a believable performance of Lieutenant Colonel Moore's unflappable courage under dire circumstances and his love for his soldiers and their well-being. One of the most accurate Hollywood portrayals of the horrorific reality of combat and the human story that underlies every victory and casualty. Not to be missed.
This movie, based on a book that is based on a true story, is probably the most real, touching, beautiful and true movie you will ever see.
It combine faith, love, war, action, drama, joke and serious moments - all together.
This war movie shows what happend on the first real major battle United States had in the Vietnam War, a battle which for the first time laid trues on the ears and eyes of the Americans who didn't want to believe - that the war against the "untrained fascist guerrilla army" won't be over soon, that's it's going to be "came, saw, conquered", and that only the young brave man who fought there did and will make the difference between winning and losing.
The movie is much more human and realistic since it's not only shows the American side of things, but is taking into wide view the aspect of the enemy, the People Army of North Vietnam - it shows that they are human too who are just doing what they and their commanders think to be right, and that they also fight for their cause, and for their families, wifes, kids, and in the end, the one thing that this movie remind us, is that at some point, all of us were there in our hearts and minds, and that we were soldiers once... and young.
Totally recommended. It's a must movie for every human being on this planet.