Published on April 14th, 2008 | by Chris0
Company K (2004)
Company K is the story of a group of Marines during World War I, based on the novel of the same name by William March.
Unfortunately, as is often the case, what might make for a good book (which I've not read) doesn't necessarily translate well to the screen. In the film, the fictional Delaney (Ari Fliakos) is the main character. Well, I think. He's supposed to represent March, aka. Campbell in this semi-autobiographical work.
The movie starts off wonderfully, with Delaney writing his novel, discussing parts of it with his wife, and the narration with (presumably) quotes from March's novel making a bold statement.
But, instead of following Delaney, what happens is we get brief glimpses into the experiences of each member of the squad. From the Privates to the officers, the film continues to explore each member in turn.
The problem? Just as each small vignette starts to get interesting, its over. And we move onto the next one. Each one of these "episodes" could have been so much more, and I'm betting that in the book, they're explored in more detail. But trying to cover each one in the film just leads to a confusing mess.
Then finally we return to Delaney. Then the film starts to gel again, but unfortunately its too little too late. The entire ending sequence with him killing the German scout, and then being haunted by him was really quite good. I just wish that they'd have spent more time exploring that, instead of delving into all the little side tales.
On one hand, I understand (and you will after seeing the entire picture) *why* it was done that way. It's (I think) supposed to represent the fact that these replacements come in, and just as you get to know them, they're gone. Just like that. You get a little taste of them and then they disappear. The bad part is that you won't *get* that until the picture is almost over. When Delaney goes back to his old empty training camp after the war and sees the names of all the guys who passed through, but can barely remember any of them.
The battle scenes in the film are spectacularly done, I will give them that. They went to great lengths to reproduce the nasty filthy conditions these guys had to endure. The pointlessness of trench warfare, falling somewhere between the "old style" battlefield, where you lined up and marched to certain death, and modern warfare....
...but its just not enough to save the picture in my opinion. After the spectacular opening, I was really psyched for the rest, but the constant gear-changing just got tiring, and while it may be the point, was just tiring.
Company K might interest the World War I "buffs" out there, but in general I can't say I really liked the entire experience.
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In a small American town in 1933, troubled WWI veteran Joe Delaney has just finished writing a book about his experience as a U.S. marine. How in the nightmare of war, each man is defined by singular moments in which his true character is revealed...
DVD InformationBinding: DVD
Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Brand: INDICAN PICTURES
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- Terry Serpico
- Ari Fliakos
- Steve Cuiffo
- Daniel Stewart Sherman
- Joe Delafield
- In a small American town in 1933, troubled WWII veteran Joe Delaney has just finished writing a book about his experience as a U.S. marine. How in the nightmare of war, each man is defined by singular moments in which his true character is revealed. Joe describes the German soldier who haunts his dreams, the camaraderie fused by fighting together and the reality of dying for your country. Featu
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Don't waste your time and money with this.,
This review is from: Company K (Deluxe Edition) (DVD)Don't waste your time and money with this. Buy/see Raymond Bernard's Wooden Crosses or All Quiet on the Western Front, or even the recent romance films from this period. While I do have reservations about "Lost Battalion" it still is a far better film than this. My point: I am a World War 1 reenactor, and the main lesson I take from that is the constant and nerve wracking tension of battle stress. If you read soldier memoirs it so deeply affects those guys. In most scenes that tension is not evident. I suppose that is just bad acting and production. There are a few bright spots, but mostly it is dull. In addition, the setting at Newville where we reenact is far more authentic than the settings in the film. This plays too much like reenactors playing at war in hastily constructed movie sets, rather than giving the viewer any deeper sense of the reality of this brutal and dehumanizing war. War is by nature atrocity, and we have plenty of reminders throughout history of that... Read more
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: Company K (Deluxe Edition) (DVD)
Excellent movie based on William March's memoir of his WW1 combat experience as a US marine via the character Joe Delaney. Today's world, we would characterize Joe as suffering from PTSD or back then the Brits called it "shell shock". It is the camaraderie that fuses survivor-ability during the war, but it is the dreams that haunt- revealing singular moments when one's true character is revealed.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: Company K (Deluxe Edition) (DVD)
As the others of this genre of Australian World War I films, I have enoyed it and was extremely impressed by its quality of realism, its message, and the professionalism of all its participants. They seem to have the prowess and knowledge of this subject matter, and have not disappointed its viewers - this one anyway.
My father was a sailor in World War I, and two uncles served in the US Army. So I have a special interest in this genre. I highly recommend it, and the others of its class. Its genre is that of World War I. More specifically, documentaries and/or movies of that conflict. I have purchased and seen most of them: The only ones remaining to see are Passchendaele and Fly Boys. I have concluded that Beneath Hill 60 is the best (or among the best) I have seen in my lifetime.
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Summary: After the spectacular opening, I was really psyched for the rest, but the constant gear-changing just got tiring, and while it may be the point, was just tiring.