Taking place towards the end of WWII, 500 American Soldiers have been entrapped in a camp for 3 years. Beginning to give up hope they will ever be rescued, a group of Rangers goes on a dangerous mission to try and save them.
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Set in the Philippines in 1945 towards the end of WWII, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Henry Mucci and Captain Robert Prince, the 6th Ranger Battalion undertake a daring rescue mission against all odds. Traveling thirty miles behind enemy lines, they intend to liberate over 500 American Soldiers from the notorious Cabanatuan Japanese POW camp in the most audacious rescue ever. Written by
Australian actor Sam Worthington has a minor role here as a U.S. Army soldier in the Pacific Campaign of World War 2. A decade later, he reappears, in a larger supporting role, as another Pacific-theater U.S. soldier in Mel Gibson's film "Hacksaw Ridge". See more »
In the film, Lt. Col. Mucci wears the 'second-pattern' herringbone-twill (HBT) fatigue uniform during all of his scenes. The 'second-pattern', also the most common style of all of the U.S. Army HBT uniforms, can be differentiated from other versions via the large chest pockets stretching all the way to the waist, designed to hold boxes of 'K-rations'. However, in historical photographs of Mucci, he wears the older 'first-pattern' uniform, which in turn can be identified due to its much smaller, pleated chest pockets. See more »
1) Joseph Fiennes is supposed to be a great leader of men, the last
bastion of American authority in a Japanese POW camp. But he's always
sick, and the only guy he interacts with is his buddy. He writes his
girlfriend that "my love for you is all that makes me strong, and that
strength makes the men strong...", but he ignores everyone, and hardly
ever gets out of bed!
2) The journey to the camp by the rescue team is drummed up as a
glorious, seat-of-your-pants epic. And then suddenly they're just
there, no problem. Actually, they set up a base half a mile from the
camp and pore leisurely over maps, discussing their plan of attack.
3) The Japanese camp commandant becomes the Terminator at the end,
darting out from underneath huts, smirking maniacally.
4) You keep hoping and praying you won't have to hear the letter Joseph
Fiennes' girlfriend writes him. Then, at the end, the voice-over of the
extraordinarily long, clichéd letter begins---and you realize that God
5) Benjaminn Bratt as the hard-as-nails platoon leader. You wouldn't
follow this man into a Baskin Robbins, let alone a Japanese POW camp.
6) Complete, entire lack of suspense.
Want a good war movie you may not have seen? Try Stanley Kubrick's
"Paths of Glory". Leave this mulch-heap alone.
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