Marking military movies

Discussion in 'Books and Films' started by Peninha, Jun 2, 2014.

  1. Peninha

    Peninha Member

    I think that the most marking one for me was "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas", back from 2008, but even so a great story about a German boy who become friend of a Jewish one... A sad, but worth seeing movie.

    What movies marked you the most in what concerns to war/military ones?
  2. Strykstar

    Strykstar New Member

    That movie is amazing, it's incredibly depressing but that's kind of the point...
    I love the opening scene of Saving Private Ryan, it's a very lengthy and gritty depiction of actual engagement.
  3. stardisgate

    stardisgate New Member

    Everyone has told me about the movie the "Boy in the stripped pajamas" I haven't actually seen it though. I did like Jarhead. I will have to watch some others though. I know it will sound weird but " A league of their own" shows what life was like for some of the women during war. We had to find new ways to entertain sports fans.
  4. Yorf

    Yorf New Member

    I like Full Metal Jacket. I might be reading the movie completely wrong, but I think it portrays the madness that is war quite well. Without spoiling anything, the ending is quite interesting too.
  5. Peninha

    Peninha Member

    Yeah, you need to follow their advice, you won't regret it. :) Never watched Jarhead, actually I did lol, I was just looking on IMDB and I never knew the original title, it's a really good movie, very impressive, those guys really are turned into machines...
  6. joshtheboss

    joshtheboss New Member

    I really liked "Hurt Locker".

    Unlike most films, it didn't try to have much of a story arc. It was more of a fictional view into the life of a EOD squad member.
  7. Interrogator#6

    Interrogator#6 Active Member

    Mine was "The Longest Day". Okay, so it was big budget and had too many name actors to be considered a normal film, but it DID try to be historically accurate, something odd for pictures of that era. The French spoke French, the Germans spoke Deutsch. And the equipment seemed accurate.
  8. Kate

    Kate Active Member

    For me, it could be nothing except 1993's Gettysburg. Not for the accuracy... because it's not all accurate. And there are bloopers. But all that aside, I have a number of reasons.

    First of all, I was there for the filming so that's a big factor. :) I didn't know when I saw it being made that it would turn out to be a favorite, though.

    Second is the fact that it gave me visuals that have enhanced every one of my visits there since... and it will always be the same. Many people go to Gettysburg and see "Little Round Top." When I stand at Little Round Top, I see those bodies all over the hill and in the Valley of Death because it was such a strong visual from the movie.

    I "see" the dead soldiers being tossed into the crevices at Devil's Den instead of "whoa, cool big rocks."

    And when I stand at the Pickett's Charge site, I don't see "just a field" but those gray uniforms marching across it directly into the cannon and gunfire.

    In contrast, the prequel Gods and Generals... totally sucky and an embarrassment.
  9. Peninha

    Peninha Member

    Other movie that is not exactly about the military, but has also a marking scene was "Hannibal Rising" where both hannibal and her sister were caught by some soldiers who got to eat her sister. Of course it's pure fiction, but it's something that could have easily happened.
  10. SPWhitlow

    SPWhitlow Member

    The most marking movie for me, and probably a lot of other people, was Saving Private Ryan. Just the opening D Day scene was so realistic. Another lasting movie, although not as much so as Saving Private Ryan, was the Hurt Locker, and Jarhead. I think they both accurately portray the Middle Eastern war environment, albeit with a somewhat fictional story.

    The most marking movie, that was true and a documentary, was Restrepo. It was shot in the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan, and showed the current situation, how the personnel feel, and what they do in their down time quite well.
  11. Peninha

    Peninha Member

    Most of the recent war movies are very realistic and we all have a good portrait of how war is, people lose their humanity there killing each others and if we have to do it, we should do it for a noble cause.
  12. SPWhitlow

    SPWhitlow Member

    Well said.
  13. Peninha

    Peninha Member


    I also recall a Troy, an amazing war movie moved by love, being that true it's really impressive how a woman caused a war...
  14. Spowys

    Spowys Member

    Have you seen Last Man Standing, the Wahlburg movie that came out recently? That movie is so tense, just really gripping and it hits home cause it's an Afghanistan movie and based on a true story. At the end they even play a slideshow of all the real guys in that group of soldiers.
  15. Peninha

    Peninha Member

    I haven't seen that movie and recently I am watching less and less war movies because I've seen so many that I feel there's not much more I can see, I can already picture what happens there and it's not pretty.
  16. ReDGuNNeR

    ReDGuNNeR New Member

    The Imitation Game about Alan Turing and his efforts to crack the Enigma code has to be the best war-related movie I've seen in 2014. Although it's not directly related to battlefield conflict it is a very amazing look at history and a discovery that really made things easy for America. What amazes me most is how confident Germany and the other Axis countries who used the cypher machine was that they couldn't have possibly cracked their code and they continued to use it.
  17. Peninha

    Peninha Member

    I've re-watched recently the movie Spy Game and it's one of my favorite movies ever, a great war and spies movie, I think it's a fairly real portrait.
  18. Kate

    Kate Active Member

    I haven't heard of this one, @Peninha ... is it a WWII film, or another war? That's what I think of most when I think of spies, but I know it could have been another. The Civil War had spies... well, I suppose they all did.
  19. Peninha

    Peninha Member

    It's a great movie with Robert Redford and Brad Pitt, one of my favorites, from 2001, check it out! ;)

    Spy Game
  20. gmckee1985

    gmckee1985 Member

    My favorite so called "war movies" include Saving Private Ryan, Letter from Iwo Jima, and Flags of our Fathers. To me, those films were all fantastic. Letters from Iwo Jima was particularly interesting as it showed the Japanese side of World War II. I think we as Americans kind of forget to look at things from other perspectives. That of the "enemy" in particular. Clint Eastwood did a nice job portraying the Japanese. I think it was a realistic portrait of war.

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