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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Top 10 War movies part 2

Related to my previous post Top 10 War movies part 1. Clicking on a title would direct you to the IMDB page of that particular movie.

4. The thin red line (1998)

One of the great anti-war movies. It focuses on a group of new recruits, soldiers who have had very little taste of war. They relieve the exhausted Marines who have been fighting the Japanese at Guadalcanal. As they engage with a fierce and determined enemy, the idealism, the patriotism, the abstractions that buoy them at first fade away. The world shrinks to the immediate, the individual enemy, the need to survive and the need to help one's buddies survive. In the end, the only meaning is in that survival. The abstractions that politicians use to justify war disappear. All that remains is the life-and-death struggle, for one's own life and for the lives of one's companions

3. Schindler's List (1993)

WWII has started in Europe. Oskar Schindler(Liam Neeson) is an unsuccessful businessman who is in Poland to make money using Jewish money and slave labor. His shop manager is Itzhak Stern (Ben Kingsley) who is Jewish and does whatever he can to help his people. With Itzhak's assistance, Oskar hires cheap, unskilled Jewish workers whom he initially sees as work animals and then begins to see them more and more as people and friends. He uses the money he's made to get close to and bribe German officials in order to have them look the other way while he maintains his workforce. Saving Jews becomes a passion with Oskar, and he does whatever he can to save "One more, one more". After the war Schindler is considered a war criminal, so he leaves. The grateful Jewish people he saved present him with a ring and a letter. He visits them again years later in Israel, and they erect a memorial to him after his death. Actors and Actresses from the movie are shown at the end of the movie wheeling and helping survivors paying homage at the memorial.

2.  Saving Private Ryan (1998)

An old Mr. Ryan walks through a military graveyard in the very beginning of the movie. This elderly gentleman pauses at the grave of John Miller and remembers his younger days in the military. John Miller, played by Tom Hanks, is a captain in the US Army during World War II. The opening battle depicts the landing at Normandy in an incredibly realistic and gory action scene. After D-Day is completed, Miller is given another assignment to save Private Ryan. James Ryan, portrayed by Matt Damon, is the brother of three US soldiers who have already been killed in combat. The American government has decided that he should be found and brought back home. Miller and his men wander through Western Europe in search of the elusive Private Ryan. After losing a few men, the Miller and his platoon find Ryan, only to discover that Ryan does not want to return home. After Ryan makes his decision, Miller and the rest of the company engage in a final battle for their lives.

And the Winner is…..

1. Platoon (1986)

In the Vietnam War a fresh recruit Chris Taylor (Charlie Sheen) struggles to come to terms with the harsh reality of jungle warfare: the heat, the exhaustion and the close proximity to both wildlife and the hidden enemy. After almost causing the destruction of his platoon by freezing up during combat, Taylor becomes embroiled in a conflict between his superiors Sgt. Bob Barnes (Tom Berenger) and Sgt. Elias Grodin (Willem Dafoe) when the former is involved in the massacre of an innocent village. This conflict culminates during a climactic battle between Vietnamese and American forces in which Taylor must confront the duality of human nature.

Extra Recommendation..lot of people would not be happy if i didn’t include this ..

Full Metal Jacket (1987)

The terrifying tale of the dehumanization of a platoon of fresh Marines, seen through the eyes of ‘Joker’ (Matthew Modine). The tour of duty begins on Parris Island, where Joker and his fellow grunts are trained by a wild-eyed, merciless drill sergeant (R. Lee Ermey), leading to the psychological destruction of a crazed recruit nicknamed ‘Gomer Pyle’ (Vincent D’Onofrio), who becomes the vicious killer the Marines want him to be. When Joker leaves the island and goes out to see Vietnam for himself, he confronts all manner of horrifying situations, but an encounter with a fearsome sniper proves that the true horror lies only within himself.

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