Pearl Harbor

6.23 h 3 min2021X-RayPG-13
A tale of victory, defeat and courage focusing on the war's impact on two daring young pilots, Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett, and a dedicated nurse, Kate Beckinsale, who are caught up in the horror of an infamous morning in 1941.
Michael Bay
Ben AffleckJosh HartnettKate Beckinsale
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Cuba Gooding Jr.
Jerry BruckheimerMichael Bay
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Canticle For LeibowitzReviewed in the United States on November 27, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
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I tried to use this "product" as an evening's escape. I guarantee if you try this you will bless the creator of Fast Forward. There were moments when I nearly cried, for the actors and the dialogue they were forced to speak. You could teach a semester's film class just on what was wrong this this film...have your students, as a semester project, actually try to create something good out of this bloated mess...okay, thats all, the film doesn't rate any more...if you know very little about World War II, or history in general, or human relationships, or human beings apart from what you could learn from daytime soaps, then this movie might be for you. Example; A voice over by one of the characters at the end of the film says that after the "Doolittle Raid" on Tokyo, the Japanese began to contract, and the Americans to expand. WRONG. The Doolittle raid encouraged the Japanese to expand their empire, to make sure nothing like that ever happened again, leading to the Great Turning Point in the Pacific War, the Battle of Midway, where through luck, courage, and some skill, the badly outnumbered Americans sank four Japanese carriers and began to truly turn the tide in the Pacific War. Sorry for the history, but just getting that small fact wrong was an example of this film's understanding and expression of reality...
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Iron GiantReviewed in the United States on April 13, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
An amazing movie. I've watched it half a dozen times
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An amazing movie. I've watched it half a dozen times. I saw Tora, Tora, Tora too, with my dad in the movie theater. Tora, Tora, Tora is a documentary. Pearl Harbor is a movie and a damned good one at that. The actors in Tora, Tora, Tora were wooden and detached. I remember thinking that as a child too. Didn't they just see a huge battle filled with death? They didn't seem to think so.

The numerous detractors of this movie base their hatred on the director, slightly off historical minutia and the inclusion of a love triangle. Seriously, go and see Tora, Tora, Tora if you want a documentary. If you want an amazing movie that is 90+% accurate, has amazing special effects and ends on a much better note than TTT (the Doolittle raid), watch Pearl Harbor. Do yourself a favor and don't read the negative reviews, they have a burr up their butt about hating the director and whether or not a particular model jeep would have been in use during the attack.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on June 23, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
At 3hrs tries to do too much Love triangles girls in bathing suits Oh and its a war movie
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Pearl Harbor was Michael Bay’s stab at a big budget war film. it highlighted all his favorite topics. The military, guns, explosions, and pretty women. Of course, this being Hollywood they couldn’t leave it at that. They had to throw in a love story as well and go beyond just Pearl Harbor to provide an American victory for what was one of its worse defeats. Clocking in at 3 hours it’s easy to say this movie tried to do too much.

The first part of the story centers around Lieutenant Rafe McCawley (Ben Afflect) who is a pilot and his girlfriend nurse Lieutenant Eveyln Johnson (Kate Beckinsale). Here they introduce the all American couple. McCawley is a gung ho soldier who wants to fly and fight. Johnson is the nurse tending to the soldiers. McCawley volunteers to fly for the British before the U.S. had entered the war. That allows for some context that the world was already at war before the Americans joined. That also allowed Bay to do what he liked best, get to show planes fighting each other while Johnson sits on a beach in Hawaii in a bathing suit writing letters to McCawley.

They weren’t happy with just that however because later they have Johnson hooking up with McCawley’s best friend Lieutenant Danny Walker (Josh Hartnett). I guess the idea was you can’t have enough love stories in a war film. Bay used that to have more scenes of Johnson in a bathing suit. Plus everybody loves a love triangle. This is why people watch war movies.

The second half of the movie finally gets to the fighting. There’s the attack on Pearl Harbor. That being a defeat they couldn’t end the movie like that so they include the Doolittle bombing raid on Tokyo that happened four months after the attack on Hawaii.

Hollywood used to be great at making war films. Too many times they try to turn them into epics like this film and it all falls apart.
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Gerald MacLennonReviewed in the United States on June 15, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
It must remain in the collective consciousness for the duration of this nation
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Some critics panned the inclusion of a sappy little love story within the greater story of the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle's brazen bombing retaliation on Tokyo just four months later. Personally, I had no problem watching Kate Beckensale in her portrayal of a US Navy Nurse, nor of the other members of the nursing corps. And I'm sure most ladies have no problems laying their eyes on Ben Affleck or Josh Hartnett. Like the sappiness or not, the visual/sound re-creation of the attack on Hawaii in 1941 is magnificent... utterly magnificent. I was totally absorbed. Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) was well done in its representation of both sides but it lacked the computer graphics imaging that was available for Pearl Harbor the movie in 2001. Perhaps being born in 1947 and serving in the US Navy 1964-68 colored my perception but that's okay. It is and was an event, not unlike September 11, 2001, that must remain in the collective consciousness for the duration of this nation. Well deserving of 5 Stars.
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Michael W. DavisReviewed in the United States on August 22, 2021
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I served 6 years in Vietnam under heavy fire and in harms way many times in the three tours I made in country. Lost many of my friends there and many, many more that were severely wounded. I always felt guilty for having survived. No one that has not served this country in actual battle has really no idea of the stark horror of war. With those who stayed behind, believe in the protective rules as set up in the Geneva Convention, I have tell you that you have been lied to. There are NO RULES in real battle. We fought for our US Constitution, its protections, and the way of life that American citizens have become accustomed to. I will tell you if you have not served in battle you have no idea of what real fear is about. I remember when I was out on the town here in the States wearing my uniform that Americans would spit on me and my friends. They were cowards, draft dodgers, drug users, anti-establishment flower people. They were filled with HATRED for our trying to protect them from tyranny. It was a disgrace. This movie is a must see by all Americans for a glimpse of the bravery, courage, and selflessness the American military have demonstrated. All American citizens should recognize their sacrifice and honor them.
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Bill KilpatrickReviewed in the United States on May 27, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Fast-Forward to the Attack; Toss the Romance
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The cinematography is stunning and the performances are decent, but the idea of turning December 7th into another Titanic was a terrible idea. With Titanic, getting to know Jack and Rose gave faces to a terrible tragedy. It made people care. But here, the attack on Pearl Harbor is iconic and a love story tossed in just feels schlocky. The decision to tell this story was unwelcome in the summer of 2001, and the movie was unfairly criticized as "racist," but two months after its release, the 9/11 parallels were hard to miss. It's pretty good if you skip the first hour and toss the last 30 minutes. The actual attack is brilliantly shot, playing to Michael Bay's strengths (except for the idea of taking sacred history and putting it in the hands of the director of Transformer flicks). Watch the attack. It's worth the price of admission. Chuck the rest.
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Butterflymom54Reviewed in the United States on November 13, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A movie you will never forget
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I just watched the extended version and saw a few more scenes of gore than I had before. This movie is both a challenge and a blessing to watch. So many great actors and actresses played their parts so well. So many scenes of death, war and carnage that not crying is hard. The kind of realization tears that war takes so much from humanity. It is horrible. Even though many disliked the love story, to me that was the best part. The efforts put into this movie are amazing. The special effects fascinating. he story was wonderful. To gripe and complain about this and that and nitpick seems so silly. The action and fighting should be appreciated by the males and the love story and heart, the gals but we can all appreciate the music and courage shown in this movie and keep striving for peace each day. :)
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Larry HReviewed in the United States on May 30, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Excessively Long Strained Plot
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Bloated in the best description of this overrated mess. I can live with some historical inaccuracies, but the romantic sub-plot (Is it really a sub-plot?) seems excessively overdone and strains all sense of reality. I mean really: two best friend farm boys end up eventually in the same squadron at Pearl (omg the incredulous version of how that happened) shot down a bunch a Japanese planes and then somehow end flying in the Doolittle Tokyo attack force. Sure, lol! And why do we need to know that one of these two best friends got his best friend's girl friend pregnant? Hey, what else are best friends good for? But if you like an endless scene with pilots, pants down, bent over and getting stiuck with hypodermic needles in the butt, this flop is for you.
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