The Thin Red Line

DVD - 2010
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Thin Red Line
In World War II, the outcome of the battle of Guadalcanal will strongly influence the Japanese's advance into the Pacific. Based on James Jones' novel, this is the story of Charlie Company's landing and battle experience there in 1942. The story concentrates on how the battle affects, and is effected by, Commanding officer Lt. Col. Gordon Tall, Captain James Staros, Sgt. Edward Welsh, and two privates, Witt and Bell. Charlie Company is attacking a seemingly impregnable position, and the terror and chaos of war are well illustrated, as scared men stare death in the face--a death that waits concealed in the beauty of a grassy hill. There are great deeds, and valor, but these men don't feel like heroes--they're simply doing what's necessary to survive. In typical Malick fashion, the film boasts exquisite nature photography, and a soundtrack layered with sounds of the rain forest, essential ingredients of this beautiful tone poem on the banality of combat and the troubled relationship between man and nature.


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Sep 25, 2014
  • AladarNyc rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Overall this is a good movie. It is long, and it loses it's focus several times through out. But, realistic battle scences and great visual settings make this a highly watchable film. Too many "Name" brand actors do detract somewhat, as they seem to struggle for a piece of the acting pie. John Travolta's cameo as an Admiral (or something) is a true example of "mis-casting". He looks down right silly.

Jun 23, 2014
  • 0cho rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

The cinematography is so beautiful with this movie that at times you will think that you are watching a national geographic show instead of a war movie. Overall this is a very long movie, some parts are excellent while others are just tedious. If you are interested in the Pacific theatre of war then watch the Pacific instead of this movie, it’s done way better and depicts things in much greater detail.

Jun 09, 2014

Another Malick masterpiece. The Tree of Life is even more astonishing. But don't take my word for it, watch it!

Feb 13, 2014
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I’ve seen most of the Pacific TV series about the various WWII battles where America fought to take the islands from the Japanese. The death, famine, and disease among the American troops were incredible as the Japanese knew that if they lost the islands, they would lose the wars so they resisted, often to the last man. This film portrays just a few weeks of the battle for control of Guadacanal. It is somewhat of a dreamy, sometime surrealistic, smoking vision of death just around the next corner. Life was just tossed away and nobody really thought it was a good idea, but it had to be done. This film should be viewed by all those that are gung-ho for starting new wars. Directed by Terrence Malick, it was his third masterpiece after a twenty year absence from film making. Any film by Malick is food for thought.

Jan 12, 2014
  • autumnwindstudios rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Quite a majestic piece of cerebral work from Terence Malick, one of Hollywood's most reclusive directors. There is action galore-a large part of it involving the taking of a well-secured hill. The "fog scene" is one of the most intense fighting sequences ever put to film. The story is very deep and lyrical. Call it the "thinking man's Apocalypse Now". Superbly filmed with beautiful locations in the Pacific.

Oct 17, 2013
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very well done movie. A pleasure to watch. I would recommend this movie for all to see. No fast forwarding on this one.

Nov 29, 2012
  • btmslt rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

A far too long film which looses it's audience when there is little new going on in the film for long periods of time.


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Oct 17, 2013
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Feb 26, 2015
  • BeardedMovieGuy rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Wow, what a complete waste of talent and potential. The Thin Red Line is a beautiful looking movie that is so muddled in the artsy whims of Terrence Malick that it seems to have no real narrative or much semblance of a plot. The cast is huge and talented, but no amount of talent can fix a broken narrative. In fact the original script centered the movie around Jim Caviezel’s character, only to have Malick decide to change the main character to Adrien Brody’s character instead during editing, and then he didn’t tell anyone, including Caviezel, who showed up to the premier to find he was hardly in the film. I really wish Terrence Malick would either allow a real writer to shape the narrative or just become a cinematographer, because he is very talented at putting stunning images on the screen, but can not tell a good story to save his life. 3.5 Beards Out Of 5


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