A well-produced, rousing feature based on one of those forgotten World War II episodes that make for great cinema.
| Original Score: 5/5
The Great Raid has one amazing action sequence. You just have to watch the whole story in order to earn and appreciate it.
| Original Score: 4/5
The true story part of it works. The spy and romance stuff doesn't.
| Original Score: C+
| Original Score: 3/5
[D]eliciously old-fashioned... Like in how Dahl assembled a cast of perfectly 1940s faces that pop off the screen with a suave anti-Technicolor urgency...
The Great Raid works well as a film when it concentrates on the planning and completion of the mission.
| Original Score: 3/4
While one might have wished for a better movie, and a few smarter decisions regarding the screenplay, generally it's a riveting, even inspirational account of an American feat of arms about which few know but about which many more should.
Dahl's approach may be somewhat pedestrian, but he tells his story clearly and with few unnecessary detours.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
This has modest blood yet almost documentary fidelity, is beautifully sited (Australia's Queensland was main location), and paced to deliver the nerve surges of fear and reward and loss.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
This smart, unhurried drama plays out like a retro version of Saving Private Ryan.
| Original Score: 3/4
The film is much better as a ticking-clock action picture than as a story of human emotions, be they romantic, altruistic or base.
| Original Score: B-
Not a great movie, but it certainly does justice to the great historical event it dramatizes.
See the film for its depiction of astounding heroism and military ingenuity. Take the rest with a grain of salt.
At times the action drags, but the details of the raid itself are riveting. The rescue scenes will leave you feeling as if you were in the midst of battle.
For Dahl, war isn't poetry or surreal irony or metaphoric hell. It's a job that has to be done, and in cases like this one, it has the side product of being heroic.
When the movie finally does show what the troops went through and how the raid itself was pulled off, it's exciting, enthralling stuff. If only there was more of that. . . .