Thursday, 8 May 2014

The best military films ever released and must be seen

Saving Private Ryan
My rating: 4.9/5.0
Initial release: July 24, 1998 (USA, Canada)
Director: Steven Spielberg
Screenplay: Robert Rodat
Cinematography: Janusz Kamiński

Theme: "Saving Private Ryan" will certainly be remembered among the best war movies ever made. It does what a great war movie should-it looks realistically at war and examines war intelligently. The plot is deliberately insane: eight men are sent into enemy territory to rescue one solider, Private Ryan (Matt Damon). Ryan is the last surviving son in his family; his three brothers have all died in action recently. Gen. George Marshall (Harve Presnell) is moved by the plight of Mrs. Ryan, who will learn about the three deaths on the same day, and orders that the last Ryan be returned safely home. The hitch is that Ryan parachuted into Normandy on D-Day, and the Army has no way to know if he is alive or to bring him out except to send a team in after him. So, Capt. John Miller (Tom Hanks) and his squad of Rangers, who have just survived the bloody battle of Omaha Beach, are ordered to risk their lives to bring Ryan back.

Lone Survivor
My rating: 4.6/5.0
Initial release: December 25, 2013 (USA)
Director: Peter Berg
Running time: 121 minutes
Adapted from: Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

Theme: Lone Survivor tells the incredible tale of four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative who are ambushed by the enemy in the mountains of Afghanistan. Faced with an impossible moral decision, the small band is isolated from help and surrounded by a much larger force of Taliban ready for war. As they confront unthinkable odds together, the four men find reserves of strength and resilience as they stay in the fight to the finish.

We were Soldiers
My rating: 4.8/5.0
Initial release: February 25, 2002 (USA)
Director: Randall Wallace
Music composed by: Nick Glennie-Smith
Screenplay: Randall Wallace
Story by: Joseph L. Galloway, Hal Moore

Theme: It is a film in which the Americans do not automatically prevail in the style of traditional Hollywood war movies. Ia Drang cannot be called a defeat, since Moore's men fought bravely and well, suffering heavy casualties but killing even more Viet Cong. But it is not a victory; it's more the curtain-raiser of a war in which American troops were better trained and better equipped, but outnumbered, out maneuvered and finally outlasted.

The Hurt Locker
My rating: 4.0/5.0
Initial release: June 5, 2009 (USA)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Screenplay: Mark Boal

Cinematography: Barry Ackroyd

Theme: Based on the personal wartime experiences of journalist Mark Boal (who adapted his experiences with a bomb squad into a fact-based, yet fictional story), director Kathryn Bigelow's Iraq War-set action thriller The Hurt Locker presents the conflict in the Middle East from the perspective of those who witnessed the fighting firsthand -- the soldiers. As an elite Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal team tactfully navigates the streets of present-day Iraq, they face the constant threat of death from terrorists.

Black Hawk Down
My rating: 3.5/5.0
Initial release: December 18, 2001
Director: Ridley Scott
Screenplay: Ken Nolan

Theme: On October 3rd, 1993, an elite team of more than 100 Delta Force soldiers and Army Rangers, part of a larger United Nations peacekeeping force, are dropped into civil war-torn Mogadishu, Somalia, in an effort to kidnap two of local crime lord Mohamed Farah Aidid's top lieutenants. Among the team: Staff Sgt. Matt Eversmann (Josh Hartnett), Ranger Lt. Col. Danny McKnight (Tom Sizemore), the resourceful Delta Sgt. First Class Jeff Sanderson (William Fichtner), and Ranger Spec. Grimes (Ewan McGregor), a desk-bound clerk getting his first taste of live combat. When two of the mission's Black Hawk helicopters are shot down by enemy forces, the Americans -- committed to recovering every man, dead or alive -- stay in the area too long and are quickly surrounded. The ensuing firefight is a merciless 15-hour ordeal and the longest ground battle involving American soldiers since the Vietnam War. In the end, 70 

Rambo Series
My rating: 4.0/5.0
Starring: Sylvester Stallone

Theme: Rambo is a film series based on the David Morrell novel First Blood and starring Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo, a troubled Vietnam War veteran and former Green Beret who is skilled in many aspects of survival, weaponry, hand to hand combat and guerrilla warfare. The series consists of the films:-

First Blood (1982)
First Blood Part II (1985), 
Rambo III (1988)
Rambo (2008)

Act of Valor
My rating: 3.0/5.0
Initial release: February 7, 2012
Directors: Scott Waugh, Mike McCoy
Running time: 110 minutes

Screenplay: Kurt Johnstad

Theme: An unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original film making, Act of Valor stars a group of active-duty U.S. Navy SEALs in a film like no other in Hollywood's history. A fictionalized account of real life Navy SEAL operations, Act of Valor features a gripping story that takes audiences on an adrenaline-fueled, edge-of-their-seat journey. When a mission to recover a kidnapped CIA operative unexpectedly results in the discovery of an imminent, terrifying global threat, an elite team of highly trained Navy SEALs must immediately embark on a heart-stopping secret operation, the outcome of which will determine the fate of us all. Act of Valor combines stunning combat sequences, up-to-the-minute battlefield technology, and heart-pumping emotion for the ultimate action adventure film-showcasing the skills, training and tenacity of the greatest action heroes of them all: real Navy SEALs.

Zero Dark Thirty
My rating: 3.8/5.0
Initial release: December 19, 2012 (USA)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Producers: Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow, Megan Ellison, Stephanie Antosca

Theme: For a decade, an elite team of intelligence and military operatives, working in secret across the globe, devoted themselves to a single goal: to find and eliminate Osama bin Laden. Zero Dark Thirty reunites the Oscar winning team of director-producer Kathryn Bigelow and writer-producer Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) for the story of history's greatest manhunt for the world's most dangerous man.

Behind the Enemy Lines
My rating: 3.3/5.0
Initial release: November 17, 2001
Director: John Moore
Music composed by: Don Davis, Ryan Adams
Screenplay: David Veloz, Zak Penn

Story by: Jim Thomas, John Thomas

Theme: The film tells the story of Lieutenant Chris Burnett, an American naval flight officer who is shot down over Bosnia and uncovers genocide during the Bosnian War. Meanwhile, his commanding officer is struggling to gain approval to launch a search and rescue mission to save Burnett. The plot is loosely based on the 1995 Mrkonjić Grad incident that occurred during the war.

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