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Published on April 14th, 2008 | by Chris

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Company K (2004)

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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 (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...

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Binding: DVD
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Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Brand: INDICAN PICTURES
Manufacturer: Indican
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Actors:
  • Terry Serpico
  • Ari Fliakos
  • Steve Cuiffo
  • Daniel Stewart Sherman
  • Joe Delafield

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  • Brand Name: FLIAKOS,ART Mfg#: 825284200423
  • Shipping Weight: 1.00 lbs
  • Manufacturer: INDICAN PICTURES
  • Genre: Documentary
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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Here's the "Straight Dope", March 26, 2009
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William D. Hickox "Will" (Syracuse, New York) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Company K (Deluxe Edition) (DVD)
This somber film is an earnest attempt to portray what it really felt like to be a U.S. Marine putting your life on the line in the closing days of the Great War. I would give "Company K" a B- mainly due to the obviously sincere effort by the production staff to create an original work, and not just another slavish Steven Spielberg homage like A&E's "Lost Battalion." This movie stayed true to the spirit of William March's novel, and the script is delightfully full of 1918 slang like "it's the straight dope." (Although a Marine would never say he's in "the army," as several do in the film!)

Unfortunately, it's quite obvious that the "jack" (money) wasn't plentiful: most of the actors look and sound like they were recruited from a community theater production of "South Pacific," and the battle scenes feature a couple dozen extras at the most. As a result, the filmed version of some of March's best scenes--religious imagery on the battlefield and a soldier who continues his... Read more
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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not The Usual War Film., August 26, 2008
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D. Edwards "Ex Korean War Vet" (Mc Kinleyville California United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Company K (Deluxe Edition) (DVD)
This is a hard film to adjust to as it carries you through the war experence of a person who wrote a book from which this film is taken. Its not the typical story because of the excerps of individual members of Company K. It is slow moving compared to most war films and spends as much time on personel than on battle sequents. It's a moving story that is not for the faint of heart & brings out the worst of men under wars battle conditions. Even though the events took place in World War One, it holds true for our wars now. I would not recommend it to the average war buff because of it's pace and some of the events shown. All in all ,I enjoyed it. Don't expect it to leave you with a good feeling. It was well done and the acting was good with no big names. I was disappointed because there was not more battle footage, but to each his own.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Company K, November 25, 2011
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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.
They all have been purchased from Amazon. Their service and terms have been quite reasonable, fast, professional, and courteous.
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Company K (2004) Chris

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.

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I've been watching war movies for probably 25 years now. Since December 2006 I've been sharing my habit and passion for these movies here on this site.



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