It is sort of tradition with war movies that when the US Army, US Navy or any of their military formation give their blessing to a production (together with access to the military equipment) they are somehow get involved in the tiny changes to the script. Usually this means a disaster for the movie, because soldiers are not good writers, not to mention they keep telling the same story again and again... Unfortunately Flat Top is not a exception.
Each time American war movie gets the backing of the army (or to be exact of any branch of the armed forces) each time the effect is complete disaster. The reason? When army gives you cooperation that includes all the vehicles you will need, all the stand-ins that you need, even expensive locations that you need. The price? The script will most likely be altered to fit the views of the army, no matter if they make a lot of sense or not. Flight of the Intruder is another example of such cooperation, but with a little twist...
Russian cinema, after the fall of Soviet Union, usually took rather blindingly obvious propaganda as the main theme in their movies, especially war movies. There was nostalgia for communism, there was nostalgia for the times when Russia was a superpower, there was nostalgia for the patriotic spirit in society. But since World War 2 Russians, just like Americans, did not have many chances to show their power and show that they are the good guys. Just like Vietnam War for Americans the Soviet-Afghan War was the turning point, but while in USA the political direction have changed, Soviet Union ceased to exists after the war.
In 1917 Germany was struggling to cope with the war - 3 years of conflict did not achieved anything, the forces were stretched on two fronts, food shortages were causing unrest in the German cities and the generals were desperate to find a solution. Moving the units from eastern front to France would give them advantage, but so far the abdication of tsar and Russian Provisional Government did not make any progress in pulling Russia from war. Doctor Parvus came up with unusual solution...
Continuation of The Winds of War - after attack on Pearl Harbor pulled United States into conflict Pugh Henry and his family, spread all over the world, have to find a way to deal with the war and to find a way of rescuing Natalie.
First expedition of white people try to reach the region of Natal conquered by the tribe of Zulu under their fearless leader Shaka. Lieutenant Farewell wants to establish an ivory trading post, which is quite risky since Shaka is known for being ruthless and even tyrannical ruler. While the British reach his kraal the legends about the Zulu king prove to be right.
American war movies very rarely deal with the reasons behind why the nation fought against United States, in most cases because they would have to show the real reasons why USA joined some of the wars, but when it comes to World War 2 they make exception, especially for Japan. Such titles as Tora! Tora! Tora! or Midway were showing the both sides of the conflict, Clint Eastwood returned to that tradition with Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima.
In a country torn by civil war nothing is simple and nothing is certain, but for American forces taking part in conflict in Moldova those words gained new dimension when their combat goggles began to record strange phenomena in the battle zone - some glowing see-through figures. To make things worse some of the soldiers that actually stumbled upon those figures ended up dead in strange circumstances.
Premiere of Saving Private Ryan was a revolution in the genre - before 1998 there were several approaches to war movies, from adventure driven ones (like Operation Burma or Kelly’s Heroes) to documentary-like blockbuster productions (like Midway or Tora Tora Tora), but there was nothing like Saving Private Ryan, nothing so intense, so real, so jaw-dropping and at the same time so terrifying. Steven Spielberg and Janusz Kaminski came up with perfect recipe by decreasing the saturation, adding sharper image and more dynamic camerawork.
Not every good movie makes a great impact straight after the premiere, some of them it takes a while to find the audience, some never actually does find it. But this does not mean they are bad movies, sometimes they just unlucky, are overseen due to some random factors. The Wild Geese is not exactly any of that cases really - it is one of the movies that are actually quite good, but never got the chance to shine.
War movies blog - the best war movies in history (or sometimes the worst). We search the war movies from around the world - not only classic American war movies or British war movies, but also those less known or just less interesting films from other countries. Each of them presents the different face of the war - some concetrate on soldiers and most important battles in history, but others present the suffering of the civilians and the trauma of the men involved in the fighting.
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