The Thin Red Line (1998)

R   |    |  Drama, War


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Adaptation of James Jones' autobiographical 1962 novel, focusing on the conflict at Guadalcanal during the second World War.


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  • Nick Nolte and Vicki Lewis at an event for The Thin Red Line (1998)
  • Nick Nolte and Vicki Lewis at an event for The Thin Red Line (1998)
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  • John Travolta and Nick Nolte in The Thin Red Line (1998)
  • Jim Caviezel in The Thin Red Line (1998)

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15 December 1999 | kevin-193
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| Superb, emotive filmmaking
I'm very sorry I didn't get to see this film in the theatre. It is a beautifully filmed masterpiece with a superb story, excellent acting (esp. Nick Nolte), and a great script. It takes things way deeper than Saving Private Ryan or most other modern war movies dare to go. Very introspective and dreamy at times, with the camera constantly dwelling on faces, animals, and the landscape. Merrick is never in a hurry, and this pace suits the film well.

The Thin Red Line asks a lot of good questions about death, war, and the ultimate meaning of life. Now that I have seen it, I'm very surprised that this film did not win picture of the year. Spielberg's film was a gritty, realistic portrayal of war. But it was also highly commercial and had a very contrived plot. In comparison, this film sort of wanders through itself and in the process helps to put you in the boots of the soldiers it portrays.

My only criticism is perhaps the film was a bit long, but I never noticed that the second time through. I can't praise this film enough. Excellent work.

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