Brothers in Arms Reviews
June 17, 2010
The cover looks cool, but the movie?... wasn't that cool, for me anyway.
I won't mention any names this time in case it's someone's favorite actor/actress. There are some terrible actors that in my opinion spoil the movie and I'm glad it was $1 to hire, now I know why it was $1 to hire... for 8 days.
I didn't die so I guess it's not that bad.
November 10, 2010
Definitely was not the best movie, but I really liked it and fell in love with the characters. I rated it 4 stars for the definition... I "really liked it." I recommend watching it and make your own judgment. Don't let the bad reviews keep you from watching a decent movie.
January 17, 2015
You know we done pay dat, if that is a line from a western in your head then you may have the stomach fo dis bad movie. Really bad, if you want to see modern black men from the hood, acting like you would in 2005 shoved into what is supposed to be an old western this may be for you. Complete with Ebonics and zippered leather jackets that look about 100 years out of place this movie is soooooo bad! Bad acting just nothing fits.. with the old west jammed into a poorly done western this is for you. Otherwise don't wast your time. Nothing believable or to care about in this movie.
August 23, 2005
What a sheer waste of time this flick was. It had a shallow revenge plot with even shallower characters. I would rather have seen a movie written by a third-grader and acted by a high school drama student. It would have been much more entertaining and inciteful. How could a movie studio have spent millions on this movie? Don't they have any sense?
October 31, 2004
Written and directed by Paul Alexander (author of a flattering biography of Arizona Senator John McCain), [i]Brothers in Arms[/i] examines, in broad strokes, John Kerry?s military service as the commander of a swift boat in the Mekong Delta during the Vietnam War. [i]Brothers in Arms[/i], however, is less John Kerry hagiography than a surprisingly poignant and egalitarian portrait of the men who served with John Kerry and the long-term consequences, both positive and negative, that resulted from their life-changing military service in Vietnam. Despite following separate paths after Vietnam, several of the men remained close friends or acquaintances, but, as a group they were reunited in 1996 when John Kerry was running for re-election as the junior senator from Massachusetts (Kerry?s opponent, presaging tactics used during the current presidential campaign, attempted to cast doubt on Kerry?s military service).
[i]Brothers in Arms[/i] opens with brief introductions of the swift boat crew, Gene Thorson, Del Sandusky, David Alston, Mark Medeiros, and Kerry himself, via photographs, voice-over narration and videotaped interviews with the men in the fall of 2003. From that group, Del Sandusky, who piloted John Kerry?s swift boat, and David Alston, a gunner?s mate, emerge as eloquent, perceptive, and credible subjects, primarily because of their willingness to discuss their post-Vietnam lives in intimate, personal, often difficult terms. But [i]Brothers in Arms[/i] also examines, through the events that led to John Kerry?s service, specifically the events that led to Kerry?s Bronze and Silver Stars, both of which were hotly disputed by the now discredited Swift Boat Veterans for Truth group earlier this year. Some context is in order.
Swift boats were lightly armed, lightly armored U.S. navy boats initially used for patrols along the coast of Vietnam. Swift boats had been tasked to interdict smuggling and contraband directed toward aiding the Vietcong in South Vietnam. Their mission, however, was radically changed when the U.S. Navy decided to repurpose the swift boats for more aggressive, and therefore, more hazardous use in the Mekong Delta, a confluence of often narrow waterways in South Vietnam that made the fast, but noisy swift boats easy targets for the VietCong. Hiding under the dense foliage that lined the riverbanks, the Vietcong could subject the swift boats on patrol with almost constant harassment fire, including small-arms fire, rockets, and water mines. Ambushes in the Mekong Delta were frequent, and the swift boats were often tasked on multiple day and night missions, increasing the risk of injury and death.
On two occasions, the VietCong ambushed the swift boat under John Kerry?s command, PCF (Patrol Craft, Fast) 94. In one case, despite small arms fire from both riverbanks and an arm injury, John Kerry helped to save a Special Forces who had fallen overboard. Kerry received the Bronze Star for his actions, as did two other men, including another swift boat commander. On another occasion, Kerry ordered his men to beach the swift boat, and then pursued and killed a VietCong soldier armed with a rocket launcher. For his actions, John Kerry received the Silver Star. Kerry also received three Purple Hearts, the last of which allowed him to return to the United States to complete his navy service. With stirring, heartfelt testimony from the swift boat crew, [i]Brothers in Arms[/i] leaves little doubt that John Kerry justly received his medals. As an aside, the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth were unable to locate and reveal credible, contradictory evidence. Their critique, however, was meant, first to draw questions to Kerry?s military service, and second (and more importantly), their critique focused on Kerry?s anti-war activities. Of Kerry?s swift boat crew interviewed for [i]Brothers in Arms[/i], Gene Thorson appears agnostic about Kerry?s anti-war activities, and Mike Medeiros, a career navy serviceman, reveals his opposition to Kerry?s anti-war stance, but on principle supported Kerry?s right to express his opposition to the war.
[i]Brothers in Arms[/i], however, is much more than a (pre-emptive) partisan response to groups critical of John Kerry?s presidential ambitions. [i]Brothers in Arms[/i] will continue to have relevance long beyond the results of the current presidential campaign, due primarily to the moving testimony of two swift boat crewmen, David Alston and Del Sandusky. David Alston, a 17-year old African-American, volunteered for military service in order to obtain funding to attend college. His journey, like many Vietnam veterans, was a painful one. Injured several times, including serious arm and head injuries, Alston?s return to civilian life was fraught with serious, long-term difficulties. His experiences, like the other men, was paradoxical in nature. Combat afforded him camaraderie, friendship, loyalty, and heightened, adrenaline-fueled experiences unmatched by his post-war experiences. Combat also raised ethical and moral questions, as well as the participation in otherwise unacceptable conduct. Alston?s successful marriage was threatened by alcohol abuse. A personal, religious epiphany, and the loss of his first wife to cancer, led him to a career as a Baptist minister. Del Sandusky?s difficulties followed a parallel path, including multiple diagnoses of post-traumatic stress disorder. Long-term, personal problems ultimately led him to alcohol and drug abuse, depression, and a brief institutionalization in a VA hospital (with John Kerry?s aid).
[i]Brothers in Arms[/i] does betray its overt, partisan stance, however, in the final sequence which follows the swift boat crew as they campaign for John Kerry, concluding with Kerry giving a speech extolling their service for their country (and, presumably, his own). Nonetheless, even after the results of the upcoming presidential election are known, [i]Brothers in Arms[/i] will remain an inspiring testament to the lifelong, intra-personal bonds that emerge from wartime, military service. Those bonds have clearly transcended divergent life experiences, indicating at least one area where both sides of the political divide, right and left, can and do find common ground.