The Thin Red Line Movie Review Summary

Actors: Nick Nolte, Jim Caviezel, John Travolta, Ben Chaplin, Sean Penn, Woody Harrelson, George Clooney, John Cusack

Detailed plot synopsis reviews of The Thin Red Line

The hard-nosed but fair general (John Travolta) orders the hard-nosed but obsessed lieutenant colonel (Nick Nolte) to order the hard-nosed but compassionate sergeant major (Sean Penn) to take his platoon full of misfits up an enemy infested hill, where they promptly get their backsides kicked by well-entrenched Japanese defenders, but ultimately prevail. All this is spread out over a relentless, three-hour long film filled with unnecessary and gratuitously bloody battle scenes, interspersed with esoteric and confusing dream sequences and beautiful shots of South Pacific real estate.
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The review of this Movie prepared by joey

A group of soldiers are sent to Guadacanal to fight the Japanese during WWII. While there the soldiers deal with the enemy and theirselves as they try to find their place in society.
The review of this Movie prepared by Jack Bauer

This movie was an unfortunate mistake. The action sequences, and mundane military movements and preparation are accurately portrayed. However, the constant voice-overs, flashbacks, and switching of point-of-perspective ultimately ruin the movie and make it "boring." The action sequences and storyline are well done, with sufficient character development, but the movie ultimately fails in that it does little to capture the audiences interest. Had it been filmed like Saving Private Ryan, or dozens of classic film movies, and simply revealed the savagery of war through visuals, and not voiceovers, it would have been far more effective. Instead, what resulted, was an incredibly long, dragged out battle, and its aftermath.
The review of this Movie prepared by Evan McKearn

Young soldiers of Army Rifle Company C are brought in to Guadalcanal to relieve battle-weary Marines after they have established a beachhead. Their ambitious, uncaring Lt. Colonel Gordon Tall (Nolte) hectors and wastes them in a hillside battle to further his career, and various members of the company grapple with fear, loss of comrades, dear John letters from home, and everything else that besets a young man in battle. Also in the cast are Elias Koteas, Tim Blake Nelson, Jared Leto, and John C. Reilly. Based on James Jones's autobiographical 1962 novel (a 1964 film version starred Keir Dullea) and nominated for 7 Oscars, this is one of the most beautiful (it has dream sequences, poetic monologue voiceovers by several characters, and heavy use of the "In Paradisum" movement of the Faure Requiem), philosophical, leisurely, and introspective war movies ever made. A somewhat languid 3 hours and 10 minutes in length, it was director Terrence Malick's first film since the awesome "Days of Heaven," made 20 years before.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

Set during WWII in the Pacific Island of Guadalcanal the movies follows the efforts of US army to gain control of the island focussing its attention on the individual ordeals of the soldiers.
The review of this Movie prepared by Massimo Moretti

Script Analysis of The Thin Red Line

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 30%Actual chase scenes or violence 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40% Time/Era of Movie:    -   1930's-1950's War Thriller    -   Yes Armed Forces:    -   Army Specific to    -   WW II

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   infantry soldier Age:    -   20's-30's    -   40's-50's Nudity    -   Chest Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Pacific Islands Island?    -   Yes Island:    -   Pacific Island Misc setting    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately messy visuals of dead    -   gory visuals of deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing Kind of violence:    -   land battles    -   amphibious landings    -   hand to hand    -   guns Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--bullets Any profanity?    -   Some foul language    -   A lot of foul language Is this movie based on a    -   book

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