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½ April 28, 2019
Imagine a lesser known Saving Private Ryan but extremely boring., Well, The Thin Red Line is that exact movie. Director Terrence Malick did however, bring some light into this story. The cinematography was great, the landscaping was impressive, and all of the cast members did well with the script. It should have been another landmark, but its not. Why? It has an extremely elongated run time without any focus. While the emotional depth was all dried-up by the absent amount of pure enjoyment. Still, its a good film that you'll forget about quiet quickly.
½ February 27, 2019
Malick's return. A long brooding cycle of meditations on war, life, love, hate, death, and just about everything else. Moving, but repetitive.
½ February 21, 2019
A war epic of grand thematic and formal ambition, bereft of typical narrative and war cliches. It depicts scenes of brutal and chaotic warfare with skill and coherency, but its heart lies w/ the questions asked by the soldiers, or perhaps more accurately, asked by Malick himself, questions concerning the relationship between nature and humanity, man's capacity for compassion as well as violence, and our need to understand the trajectory and meaning of our lives. Its lush, stunning cinematography and rigorous editing combine to say as much, if not more, than the many narrations (which sometimes overreach). There are fine performances throughout the large cast (of which there is no true star). If you allow yourself to be absorbed by Malick's abstract direction, you will see that he has made one of the most philosophical, and greatest, of all war films.
December 28, 2018
Presents you with the startling, unsettling, and challenging questions posed by war, but in an expressive, organic, and often beautiful way
½ December 27, 2018
A poetic and beautiful look at war, Malick combines scenes of incredible violence with those of natural beauty. The cinematography is gripping (often a close-up of a character's face tells more than dialogue ever could). Although there are points where it feels the director and the actors are telling different stories, the pieces come together in great form.
½ October 12, 2018
"The Thin Red Line" is a metaphor of you got some scar, cured for days, but you skinned it again. This film is like breaking a wound itself, you're left at the theater in a very confusing situation what you've actually watched. So many questions stuck in your head and you still can't answer it until now. A movie like this is actually not only from the character itself or the sound of poetry accompanied by various philosophies but it's about you're still trapped in such a case and can't find the right answer. War is terrible, war doesn't solve anything, doesn't separate anything, everything is in vain, anything you can get what is meant by the war is actually real while Malick, on the other hand, makes it so complicated not just those questions but expanded from the cup. Various characteristics are so diverse, taking many opinions from these characters, and Hans Zimmer's score directly speaks to us, to a character, and to a nature, "The Thin Red Line" isn't Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan" which is often said as the best war movie ever yet the most overrated one but this film leaves you with many impressions which mix your feelings.
September 21, 2018
Well acted war epic that's a half hour too long.
½ August 28, 2018
not everyone is smart enough..

The Thin Red Line

The Thin Red Line is a character driven war drama that is depicted through Malick's sweat drop precision lens. The scrutiny in here may not be as convoluted but the methodology that it adapts is fascinating to the core.

The narrative is strong, layered and thought provoking if not gripping, where its elaborative journey that is of around three hours, is advantageous. The battle sequences are shot with jaw dropping camera work and nail biting choreography that aptly portrays the battlefield of war.

The cinematography is metaphorical with neat and clean visuals, live locations and bright colors that lights up the screen like never before. Zimmer's sensational background score and sharp sound effects of all the bullets, explosions, soldiers panting, rivers flowing and birds chirping, every bit of it factors in effectively to the bigger picture.

The script might be divided into various sequences whose structure is transparent for the audience, something that may not be feasible for the makers. The performances are mostly scattered in bits and pieces but the show stealers would definitely be Penn, Nolte, Brody and Caviezel.

Malick's adaptation is mature since he blends it in with his own ingredients that may not be crispy but is tender and husky to respect the genre and premise. His eerie execution always goes through the roof, since each anticipated emotions does carry out of the screen and rains all over the audience.

Cut throating politics, morality conflicts and exceptional one liners that digs in deep are the high points of the feature. Malick's world is not bold and waiting to show off, it is sensible and calculative and as a character quotes in the beginning, "not everyone is smart enough".

The Thin Red Line might have a weak line but it undeniably is three dimensional and it is inexplicably glorifying to see it come alive.
June 9, 2018
The only war movie I have ever seen that truly goes into the heart and soul of the fighting soldier.
June 6, 2018
Beautifully and movingly told reality on what these soldiers went though physically and emotionally.. Reminds us how brave and ?? these men are to give us the freedom we are allowed today. And also shows a side of the enemies that we supposed to hate; but their the same in many ways.. just doing what their told and trying to survive. Many to young to have ever really loved our lived before.
May 5, 2018
"The thin red line" is well written, amazingly directed and with a great ensemble cast. Whit this ingredients you usually get a masterpiece... but not in this case. I don't know why, it's like the sum of all the good parts end up to be short of the totality of the work. Still, a very good movie.
½ April 19, 2018
fantastic first half but it tones down in the second. hans zimmer's music is disappointing which is responsible for a death in the ending being not as emotional as it could have been. it could have been a great war movie. better than 'black hawk down' but it could have been miles superior.
½ March 6, 2018
WELL PRODUCED AND DIRECTED WW2 MOVIE, THE ACTION SEQUENCES IN PARTICULAR DESERVE A CREDITABLE MENTION. THE USE OF "TALK OVER NARRATIVE" DID NOT WORK FOR ME AND SLOWED THINGS DOWN, PLUS AT 180 MINUTES IT SOMEWHAT OVERLY LONG. a GREAT CAST AND THE WONDER OF THE ISLAND BACKDROP HELP OVERCOME THESE QUIBBLES!
½ February 24, 2018
Not entertaining, just depressing. I may have to see it again just to be able to compare it to the tree of life. 1001 movies to see before you die.
January 25, 2018
A movie like this should be exciting but it's boring and it drags.
½ January 5, 2018
The stupidest war movie ever conceived by man. Endless shots of grass swaying in the wind and stream-water rippling over rocks permeates this pretentious exercise in wartime introspection. Almost saved by Nick Nolte's charging performance as a battlefield commander. Fast forward the film 'til you get to the next Nolte scene; and John Travolta is the most miscast military general in cinematic history.
November 26, 2017
This is a fascinating, highly reflective and philosophical World War Two film. Features powerful directing, writing, music score and an impressive large ensemble cast. Excellent original film making!
November 12, 2017
Beautiful - if one may say so.
November 6, 2017
A masterpiece in every sense of the word.
September 30, 2017
The comparison between this and Dunkirk is the same as the comparison between pizza baked fresh in New York and the frozen sort you'd find at your local Asda.
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