For anyone whose read the book, or looking forward to the upcoming film, Navy SEAL survivor Marcus Luttrell's story is a captivating and riveting story of one man surviving against the odds. As a former infantryman from Afghanistan myself, I can certainly say had I been in his position, I most certainly would have perished. However, there are reports that Luttrell exaggerated the claims that he made within the book, particularly in regards to the size of the enemy forces. First of all, does this matter? And secondly, if it does matter, how much does it matter? I wrote about this in a recent article. What are your thoughts?
I recently got invited to an exclusive sneak peek of Lone Survivor by the nice folks at Universal. Not that an exclusive screening would ever buy someone a positive review. It just so happens though that the film is one of the best war films I've ever seen. It's intense, exciting, thrilling, and never lets up, captivating my attention from the first frame through to the last. Read my review here. Write back to let me know what you thought of my review after you end up seeing the film. Did you agree with my review or disagree?
Have you ever noticed that about half the war films that are made are about the second World War? Not to downplay the second World War - it was an important war and one of the finer moments in American history - but there are a lot of wars, and many of them have almost no films made about them at all. In a recent audit of 200 films, only one was about the Korean War and only two were about the Civil War. How come Americans have so little interest in many of our conflicts, but go nuts about the second World War? You can read my article here.
It's the end of the year. That means Christmas, New Years, fighting relatives, stuffing ourselves with food and that another year of cinema has ended. But with this ending, comes a re-birth. A re-birth in the form of another entire year of movies, one in, which, there are some fantastic war films coming out.
Top on my list, is Unbroken, the true story of Louis Zamperini, a World War II bomber who crashed in the Pacific, survived a month at sea, and was then captured by the Japanese, spending the next few years in a series of prisoner of war camps where he endured absolutely appalling conditions that have to be seen to be believed. Also, we have Brad Pitt in a tank behind enemy lines at the end of World War II and another entry in the 300 franchise.
What war films are you looking forward to the most in 2014?