A Midnight Clear Reviews

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Super Reviewer
December 25, 2014
A provocative and introspective World War II drama, A Midnight Clear explores the complexities of war. While on a recon mission in the Ardennes forest in the winter of 1944 an American intelligence unit comes upon a German platoon that wants to surrender. Starring Ethan Hawke, Gary Sinise, Peter Berg, and Kevin Dillon, the film has a strong cast. The performances however, aren't that good; but then neither is the writing. Still, the plot addresses some interesting issues of morality, along with the challenges faced by soldiers. Additionally, the sets and costumes create an authentic World War II look and feel. A Midnight Clear has some problems, but even so there's something compelling about the characters and their story.
Super Reviewer
½ June 1, 2008
Captivating little war film. With a great cast.
February 25, 2006
A rare movie, that has the title of "character driven story", so very much so that this movie is the very definition of it!
December 19, 2009
If you're leery about viewing a typical cliched World War II movie I highly reccomend you put that sentiment aside and rent this film. Yes, this takes place on the German lines during WWII and is in all intents and purposes a war movie (complete with shooting and death), but the storyline has really nothing to do with the war itself as much as non-human casualties and collateral damage of war. That damage including how war can destroy hope, goodness, mercy, goodwill toward men (and Christmas for that matter). Highly underrated and obscure. Don't expect a warm and fuzzy ending, even if it takes place at Christmastime. A great cast and a movie that will leave you feeling not in the mood for the holidays that's for sure.
½ August 29, 2015
A movie full of historical mistakes and cliches (German posts in the Ardennes before the main attack?, sunny days before Christmas Day 44? German soldiers called "nazis" by GIs? and the list goes on...). Except for the beautiful photography and sound track, the movie is just a messy gathering of inconsistencies.
February 18, 2015
Avec A Midnight Clear, Keith Gordon prouve qu'on peut faire un film de guerre extrêmement tendu, désespérant et plein de sens sans jamais montrer une seule bataille rangée. Ici, la violence est sourde, les personnages désemparés et l'escadrille décimée avant même le début de l'intrigue. Extrêmement touchant, passionnant jusqu'au bout, A Midnight Clear vaut aussi pour les interprétations remarquables de Gary Sinise, Ethan Hawke et Peter Berg. Un film bien trop méconnu.
Super Reviewer
December 25, 2014
A provocative and introspective World War II drama, A Midnight Clear explores the complexities of war. While on a recon mission in the Ardennes forest in the winter of 1944 an American intelligence unit comes upon a German platoon that wants to surrender. Starring Ethan Hawke, Gary Sinise, Peter Berg, and Kevin Dillon, the film has a strong cast. The performances however, aren't that good; but then neither is the writing. Still, the plot addresses some interesting issues of morality, along with the challenges faced by soldiers. Additionally, the sets and costumes create an authentic World War II look and feel. A Midnight Clear has some problems, but even so there's something compelling about the characters and their story.
October 13, 2014
Talk about your crushing endings but a very well acted and well put together drama.
February 7, 2014
Solid cast depicting the harsh and emotional tribulations of being a soldier in the 40s.
½ December 13, 2013
A great Christmas war film, well acted, and containing an anti-war concept that makes you both think and feel. I also liked the visual style.
½ June 26, 2013
A good little war film
½ May 26, 2013
The beautifully mysterious landscape and ominous score, A Midnight Clear is a fabulously humane war film.
October 31, 2012
A stirring standoff with the Germans initiates paranoia, desperation and eventually holiday cheer amongst Keith Gordon's glorious cast...but could a soldiers irrationality turn to catastrophe?
April 10, 2011
One of my favorite movies ever. A Midnight Clear is criminally underrated and unappreciated. The film masterfully crafts a desolate atmosphere of hopelessness in World War II Belgium (Battle of the Bulge). The entire structure, character development, and progression are just so wonderfully done that you can't help but be touched by the end of the movie. It's certainly a gem that leaves you speechless, but be careful as the movie is the most depressing movie I've ever seen. Realism at it's finest.
December 6, 2011
~*BIG SPOILERS*~ in the info section..yeoow! Sounds good too, but now I perhaps know too much.
Otherwise a useful movie info entry which would greatly benefit from losing the spoiler.
November 20, 2011
A beautiful and sublime movie, I really can't find any flaws in it, aside from the pacing being a tad bit slow. It really gets across its points in a subtle and sophisticated manner.
November 20, 2010
SPOILERS in my comments: The movie lost me when these supposedly "bright" GIs couldn't figure out how to create a safe fake skirmish under the cover of which the Germans would surrender. They failed to prevent their comrade suffering from extreme combat fatigue from intervening which resulted in a tragic disaster.

After wandering around in subzero temperatures for as long as couple of days carrying their comrade's corpse, they are able to pump fresh red blood out of the body to paint Red Crosses on themselves. What blood was left in the body would have been frozen brown lumps.

Even though they are lost and the Battle of the Bulge is supposedly raging all around them, disguised as medics carrying a dead body they somehow walk into American lines.

Another cliche ridden war movie.
½ January 4, 2007
EXCELLENT movie! All of you who are shaking your head going "not another WWII film..." tisk tisk! This is actually a GOOOD film unlike some other films..:fresh:
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