The plot is way too simple for a 170 minutes long movie. It may not seem so when you're in the midst of a struggle, or on your death bed. It was used most effectively with Ben Chaplin's character Pvt. George Clooney and John Travolta are credited with starring roles while really little more than extras - clearly for marketing purposes. I would say that it did not meander as some critics alleged every scene has a purpose but it was unnecessarily long. To sum it all up, Criterion's Blu-ray release of The Thin Red Line represents a remarkable upgrade, one that I am convinced will meet the quality expectations of even the most demanding amongst fans of the film.
Asides from entertainment value, however, this is a film that makes you think. Colonel Tall Nick Nolte, The Prince of Tides , a tough man who believes that the war is the only chance he has left to prove that he was born to be a leader; Private Witt James Caviezel, The Passion of the Christ , who has come to realize that the war is a dirty business he has no desire to be a part of; Sergeant Staros Elias Koteas, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button , who does not approve of Lt. For more about The Thin Red Line and the The Thin Red Line Blu-ray release, see the published by Dr. You won't see a more beautiful film about the horrors of war. Malick's camera often captures the soldiers as they question their sanity or recall dear moments from their once happy lives. Like our civilization and war.
Their task is to capture the hill at all cost. This is definitely not a party movie. I organized a special screening of this film locally for a few friends -- 400 others paid to come, by word of mouth. What I loved though are the choirs in the beginning and during the subtitles. No stereotype himself, we see him kill over a dozen soldiers in battle, while still trying to see God in the midst of the chaos.
The only priorities are survival, and - for the more humane - caring for their comrades. It is said that Malick edited over 100 hours of material first to 9 hours. Bead volunteers his squad 3. I have never seen anyone express such an impotent sense of rage, anger and fury than Nolte does here. Malick is also not afraid to take time to illustrate the continuing natural backdrop to the carnage. Certainly, not every commander must have been that coldhearted and selfish, but surely some were, though not necessarily to that extreme.
Their task is to capture the hill at all cost. I was very disappointed with the plot. Also, the stars in this movie have very small roles. It was way too long. When The Thin Red Line premiered, one esteemed critic wrote that when the Japanese were defeated Malick did not know where to go with the movie.
Turning the glasses on him, Stein saw that it was his Sergeant McCron, that he was wringing his hands, and that he was weeping. Svet Atanasov on September 11, 2010 where this Blu-ray release scored 5. Those who couldn't find a plot line in the film must have missed the first ten minutes. United Nations Smash Japanese in South Pacific 3. The Thin Red Line does not tell a battle story. Every man fights his own war. Jap Ships Smashed at Guadalcanal 5.
The characters are portrayed by a strong ensemble cast. The dialogue is all very philosophical, some good lines but it doesn't move the plot much. Yes, this is the complete package everyone was hoping for. It is also a film about fear, the type that could destroy men from the inside out, ripping apart their souls. These images suggest that evil is inherent in man. The beauty of nature is always present, even when it is a setting for battle of destruction, and death.
The bass is thunderous, the rear channels very active and very effective the memory flashbacks sound incredible , and the high-frequencies not overdone. Witt and Storm drunk 2. When the violence comes it is against all of them i. One of the main themes of the movie is the contrast between nature and men's destructiveness in war. While making their way through the jungle, some of the soldiers collapse from exhaustion, some begin to question everything they have been taught to believe in. What happens next is a story developing about redemption and the meaningless of war.