The Eagle Has Landed Reviews
Suspect negative reviews are from gamers.
This film requires thought and attention to fully enjoy.
The book is Higgins best and is a really enjoyable read.
Nice interesting tidbit of information was that the movie was filmed partly on location in Finland. Unfortunately the promising start for the movie ends up going flat, meaning that it doesn't deliver much of what it allowed the watcher to look for - like excitement, original plot twists and believability, which remain in the horizon.. Lots of potential remains unused.
I liked the character Molly Prior played by Jenny Agutter.. But disliked Sutherland's character Devlin's manner of saying 'Holy mother of God' everywhere.. and I think that shooting in the church is kind of extreme manner of putting the violence on 'your face' so to speak.. The thing with Devlin & Molly works well, and the other characters like the brute and the priest and the secret nazi agents etc are well thought of too.
Fine acting makes this movie interesting through its long duration, but fails to deliver what it allows the viewer to expect. Also suffers by the way of turning from a thrilling war film into a shoot'em up blasting experiment which loses suddenly lots of credibility. The film was a bit of a letdown by way of story, otherwise it could have been greater than it was.
The acting was fine and character development is well done, or even better. Storytelling doesn't carry far and loses credibility fast when the shooting begins, too annoying characters here and there and it also doesn't deliver enough original plot twists.
All-star cast delivers in spades. Michael Caine in the lead role is superb, as always. Good support from Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland, Donald Pleasance, Anthony Quayle, Treat Williams and Jenny Agutter. Larry Hagman overdoes the buffoonery though.