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Flags of our Fathers ****

In addition to The Illusionist, Flags of our Fathers hit my DVD player last weekend. It’s a film about the battle of Iwo Jima (from the American perspective) and the support the war bond drive campaign that followed. If you visit http://www.iwojima.com you will learn the movie is pretty accurate as far as the facts behind the movie. The site is run by someone who’s father was in a Iwo Jima platoon. The film is entertaining and I liked the film even more after learning that it wasn’t all fiction. I really like movies that not only entertain but also teach me something I never knew. Any film that peaks my interest enough to read-up on it afterwards is a pretty good film in my opinion. Apparently, the film is based on the book of the same name.

I never knew what a violent battle Iwo Jima was and I’m glad we have great directors like Eastwood who can beautifully put together such an important story. I can’t wait to see the sequel, Letters from Iwo Jima which tells the battle from the Japanese perspective. I expect there are many scenes that show the same battle scenes from the Japanese point of view. If it’s as good as this film, it will definitely be worth watching. If you didn’t know, “Letters” was nominated for best foreign film at the Oscars this year and won the award at the Golden Globes.

Here’s a brief synopsis of Flags of our Fathers:
From director Clint Eastwood comes this riveting World War II drama that recounts the story of six soldiers instantly immortalized when they were photographed raising the American flag atop Iwo Jima’s Mount Suribachi. Based on the book of the same name, the film reconstructs the events that preceded and followed the snapshot that came to symbolize the U.S. troops’ triumph and America’s indestructible spirit. Ryan Phillippe and Barry Pepper star.

Here’s a brief synopsis of Letters from Iwo Jima:
As tens of thousands of Allied troops push further inland, the Japanese troops defending Iwo Jima during World War II prepare to meet their fate in this Clint Eastwood-directed Oscar nominee for Best Picture, a companion piece to his hit film Flags of Our Fathers. Japanese Gen. Tadamichi Kuribayashi (Ken Watanabe) knows his men are outnumbered and, with no hope of rescue, that most will eventually die in battle — or end up killing themselves.

Sam’s 4 star guide:
**** Loved it
*** Really liked it
** Average
* Didn’t like it, wasted my time, would rather have watched a George Bush speech

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March 6, 2007 - Posted by | Movies

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