This engaging war epic manages the near-impossible, to tell a fictional tale of love and heartbreak, while documenting actual events that shook the world. And the story succeeds on both levels. A love triangle is the basis of the story, and while the movie builds up to show the heartbreak and tension caused by the youngs lovers, it shows at the same time the ever-increasing tensions brewing on the horizon as Japan plans a surprise attack on the Pacific Fleet of the United States.
The actual attack on Pearl Harbor lasts for 15 minutes on screen, and it's a wonder of pyrotechnics and bravado, mixed with heartbreak and torment as we witness the young men and women falling victim to this day. Director Michael Bay shows his usual masterful touch as he manges to balance spectacle and sentiment, while pulling you into the story. And the story does have a few surprises in store that will break your heart.
The performances are all earnest and heart-rendering, but the stand-out performances are from Cuba Gooding Jr. (as the first African-American sailor to be awarded the Medal Of Valor) and Alec Baldwin as Colonel Doolittle (who sacrificially leads his men on the mission to get back at Japan). A movie that runs for nearly three hours, but with a beatiful music score, terrific acting and a moving script, manages to enthrall you every minutes of the way. (5 out of 5, by Carlisle Johnson)
An epic blockbuster with austonding visual effects, Pearl Harbor
is another unforgetable motion picture from producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Michael Bay, the hit-making team that brought you Armageddon
Featuring Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett and Kate Beckinsale in a tremendous all-star cast, the innocence of a nation is instantly shattered by a sudden and devastating act of warfare. As the lives and loves of a generation are tragically swept into the greatest conflict modern man has everknown - World War II - the events at Pearl Harbor become a supreme test for the strength of the human spirit.
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Fri, 18 May 2012 | Review by: shadow_mithril
This movie is so strongly focused on giggling nurses and romance, that I didn't really get the idea that I was watching a war movie. At least the "dog fights" between the planes and the attack on Pearl Harbor were good.
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