The Great Raid was more of a regular war movie; there's a plot - a relatively small group of US Army Rangers & Filipino guerrillas have to rescue 500 US prisoners from the Japanese, in the Philippines, during WW II. Even though the movie was shot & acted well, there was something missing in most scenes - things did not flow well - where there should have been drama or suspense there was often not much of anything except people hanging out & talking (so maybe the script was the problem, also maybe the editing, & of course the direction). But the action scenes were well done. The raid of the POW camp was dramatic & interesting to watch. One of the best parts of the movie was seeing actual footage from the real Great Raid at the closing title sequence - & seeing some of the real people depicted in the movie (see the footage here). All in all, Raid was pretty good - a solid 6.5 I guess - as far as war movies go.
HBO usually does war pretty well - when it comes to using it to tell interesting stories. So, I am looking forward to The Pacific. Tonight's little war movie fest was OK, Pacific might be better.
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