Published on April 5th, 2007 | by Chris1
The Great Raid (2005)
The Great Raid focuses on the 1945 rescue mission mounted by the Rangers against the Japanese prison camp at Cabanatuan in the Philippines. It was an ambitious mission, to be sure, and it had to be done to keep the Japanese from burning their prisoners alive, as they'd taken to doing in some of the other camps, rather than release or move the prisoners.
However this movie just falls flat, plain and simple. The first three-quarters leaves you wondering when anything at all is going to happen. There's a lot of talk. And more talk. And some more waffling and talking.
And then they have to go wrap some silly love story into the mix. The whole side story (which seems to eclipse the main premise for most of the film) is about an American nurse named Margaret, who is helping the Philippine resistance, and her estranged lover who is a prisoner at Cabanatuan. And in the end this particular story comes to naught, and really seems irrelevant.
The movie really shows just how nasty and ruthless the Japanese could be, and parts of it will leave you cringing, especially the "10-for-1" retribution scene.
However, at the end, we finally get a bit of action as the raid on the camp commences. But even this is not *that* exciting, or interesting for that matter, and devolves into a few cliche moments. It does however pay some much-needed homage to the role of the Philippine resistance fighters, and their civilian counterparts in the rest of the film.
Based on the true events surrounding the real "Great Raid", it just doesn't pack much punch at all. The whole "love story" bit just ruined it for me.
The Great Raid (Widescreen Director's Cut)
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Following in the tradition of such great World War II films as "Saving Private Ryan" and "Patton", "The Great Raid" tells the true story of an American rescue mission that took place over five days in January, 1945...
DVD InformationBinding: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Audience Rating: R (Restricted)
Manufacturer: Miramax Home Entertainment
Original Release Date:
- Benjamin Bratt
- Joseph Fiennes
- James Franco
- Robert Mammone
- Max Martini
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Great Raid,
This review is from: The Great Raid (Director's Cut) [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)As an avid reader of non-fiction (Ghost Soldiers) this is one of my favorite books made into a movie. This is the story of the Greatest Raid almost forgotten.
The movie recounts the story of the Ranger unit performing the raid, the Filipino guerrillas, Japanese captors and the POWs to be rescued.
Sides recount the history of the Bataan Death March, the Battle of Corregidor and their relationship to the Cabanatuan POW camp.
In March of 1942 more than 75,000 (66,000 Filipinos, 1,000 Chinese Filipinos, and 11,796 Americans captured by the Japanese army in the Philippines were forced to march, 90-miles in deep dust, over vehicle-broken macadam roads. Known now as the Bataan Death March, the men were then crammed into rail cars and sent to Camp O'Donnell. Thousands died en route from disease, starvation, dehydration, heat prostration, untreated wounds, and wanton execution. Those few who were lucky enough to travel to San Fernando on trucks still had to endure more... Read more
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Very good but read Ghost Soldiers,
This review is from: The Great Raid (DVD)Very good movie but defintely read the book Ghost Soldiers also. Well worth watching especially due to the fact of how remarkable the story is.
1)Very well cast
2)Sticks pretty well to the story line
3)Very well acted
4)Great filming - especially of the country side and the actual raid.
1)A little jumbled as to when the events actually took place per the books.
2) The best subplot of the Real story involved the movie heroine which in reality disguised herself, opened a bar that catered to Japanese soldiers and stole secrets from them for the underground. In the movie Dahl made her a nurse and dumbed her story down. TOTALLY incorrect and BORING. And then of course introduced a fake love story.
3) The last scene is a travesty - instead of showing what really happened they Hollywoodized it and made it revolve around the phony love affair. What makes it worse is that they ACTUALLY filmed the correct ending... Read more
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Follows a great tradition of war movies,
This review is from: The Great Raid (Full Screen Edition) (DVD)The Great Raid is in many ways a traditional film. The American war film is an outgrowth of the western (as is the detective/crime movie)--this one paints the Japanese as cruel and the Americans as mostly great guys. Because the depiction of Imperial Japan is accurate, I'm surprised that Japan hasn't lodged diplomatic protests! Maybe I just missed them.
The events in the Great Raid are an interesting bit of history. 6th Ranger Battalion was formed from a line unit and went through a unique selection and training cycle for Special Forces units. The raid to liberate a POW camp was most definitely one of the few profitable battalion-sized special operations, although in "military terms" the raid was a "waste of resources" that "failed to hasten the end of the war." Can't please the critic!!! In the movie, Lockheed Electra aircraft were used instead of the P-61 Black Widow night fighters that provided the diversion. Most of the infantry small arms were correct--right down to... Read more
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Summary: Based on the true events surrounding the real "Great Raid", it just doesn't pack much punch at all. The whole "love story" bit just ruined it for me.