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To End All Wars

To End All Wars (2002)

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A World War II, prisoner-of-war drama about a group of American POWs. Led by Lieutenant Colonel Stuart McLean, the officers--Major Ian Campbell, Captain Ernest Gorgon and Lieutenant Tom Rigden--endure harsh treatment at the hands of their Japanese captors, while building a railway through the Burmese jungle.

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Brian Godawa

Jun 15, 2004

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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (5) | DVD (11)

More grueling than rewarding.

December 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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A vivid but uneven film.

December 5, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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An ensemble effort that recalls other great POW movies, Wars boasts many superb performances.

May 17, 2002
Hollywood Reporter
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Will be well-received on Sunday-school movie night at church, particularly during group discussions afterward. For the rest of us, alas, it doesn't quite hang together.

July 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Its message of costly sacrifice and hard-won reconciliation is at the heart of the gospel, and the fact that this story is drawn from actual events demands attention.

November 1, 2006
Christianity Today

...there's no denying that the story it's telling is a fascinating one.

July 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

the unoriginal presentation, which often favors hitting us over the head when restraint would be far more enticing, leaves much to be desired

June 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Comment (1)
Filmcritic.com

Extremely well-made, this film looks excellent and features strong performances from the entire cast.

December 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

There's so much cynical and calculated religion these days that it's nice to see, regardless of one's wartime affiliation, a traditional Christian forgiveness that really does have the power to redeem.

February 26, 2003 Full Review Source: New Times
New Times

Director David L. Cunningham, working on a small budget, skillfully combines scenes of action and anxiety with substantial character development.

October 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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Audience Reviews for To End All Wars

An overlooked film that gives a strong message. Not your typical prisoner of war film. This one portrays unity, humanity, and forgiveness among soldiers of all groups..the power of forgiveness over hate. Excellent cast. Very well done...
April 1, 2013
itsjustme2004

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An amasing and unforgettable movie. Powerful, astonishing and extroadinary. A remarkable look on the inside of pain and survival. Kiefer Sutherland, Mark Strong, Ciaren McMenamin and Robert Carlyle deliver excellent performances. A relentless war drama. It grabs you and never lets go for a second. Brilliant, riveting and exhilerating. A film such as this should not be missed. Well excuted and superbly performed. An emotionally gripping, deeply moving and electrifying powerhouse. Great storytelling thats as gripping and as moving as Schindlers List. . A film with an impact more powerful than any gun battle could describe. This is true poetry-in-motion. A remarkable piece of work.
August 1, 2008
allan913

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Surprisingly good! It's a mystery why this one never went up in the cinema as it has a great, yet brutal, story to tell. It feels a bit different than regular war movies, as it is mostly played out in a prison camp, but in this case that's something that works for the better. On top of that it bears a lot of heart and soul that will definitely affect you on some level. What makes it most special though is the excellent and well-mixed cast. Among them is a very interesting character played by Kiefer Sutherland, who we now know best through the hit series "24". The only thing I didn't really like about this movie is the music score...but maybe that's just me.
July 1, 2007
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Mike S

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A powerful movie that offers a compelling view of war and the power of forgiveness,and does so in an effective and engrossing way. The subject matter and tone is in many ways similar to Bridge Over the River Kwai (a masterpiece), especially in the way it humanizes the enemy, though it lacks the restraint and subtlety of that film. Strong performances from everyone involved. I only wish the film had waited until the epilogue to show the real-life images of the POW camps, as to do it in-film can be distracting. An authentic and memorable tale of war and redemption.

4/5 Stars
May 13, 2012
Jeffrey Meyers

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