Across the Pacific - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Across the Pacific Reviews

Page 2 of 3
½ March 6, 2010
"Across the Pacific" is an above-average but contrived World War II thriller that had to be shut down momentarily because of the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor forced Warner Brothers to rewrite the script because the film was supposed to be about a sabotage at Pearl Harbor.

The "Across the Pacific" protagonist, career U.S. Army Artillery officer, Captain Rick Leland, receives a court-marshal for allegedly stealing company funds. He leaves the military with a bad taste in his mouth and tries to enlist in the Canadian Army, but the recruiter knows about Leland's court-marshal and turns him down. Not long afterward, the Japanese contact Rick (Humphrey Bogart of "The Maltese Falcon") and arrange his passage to Panama on Nipponese freighter Genoa Maru. Rick meets a Canadian lady Alberta Marlow. In the novel, Alberta is bound for the Hawaii Islands to visit a rich uncle, while in the screen version, she says she is going to visit her wealthy uncle, Dan Marlow, who owns a plantation in Panama. In the Saturday Evening Post story, an obese Filipino, Doctor Barca, serves as the villain, while in the story treatment, he is Japanese man named Dr. Yomoto. At the end of the story treatment, a notation indicates that, "Yomoto has been changed to Dr. Lorenz." Dr. Lorenz (Sidney Greenstreetof "The Maltese Falcon") greatly admires the Japanese way of life and Lorenz, Alberta, and Rick spend a great deal of time together discussing a variety of topics, until Lorenz gets Rick to himself, pours enough liquor into the ex-artilleryman to loosen his tongue, and learns that he has information about the artillery batteries guarding the Panama Canal. About half way through the action, the film reveals what many had expected that the dishonored hero is really an undercover agent whose court-marshal was a sham to elicit Dr. Lorenz to approach Rick. Complications occur just as Rick gives Lorenz his first report on the air traffic around the Canal. Dr. Lorenz has Rick's only contact murdered and leaves Rick for dead after a severe beating with his cane. Rick survives the torture and finds Lorenz has set up a make-shift air field where a Japanese officer plans to fly a bomb-laden plane to the Panama Canal and destroy it. Incredibly, even with the change of locales, "Across the Pacific" anticipates a later Warner Brothers film "Northern Pursuit," of no relation than coincidence to the former film, where Nazi aviators plan to bomb an unnamed but obvious canal in northeastern America. Naturally, Rick guns down the plane before it can take off, the arrests Dr. Lorenz hours later when the fifth columnist lacks the intestinal fortitude to commit hara-kiri.

This fast-moving, World War II thriller is not as good as "All Through the Night," but it is nevertheless fun to watch.
½ January 14, 2010
Across the Pacific (1942)

One of the best early Warner Brother's war movies. Directed by John Huston and features Bogart, as Rick Leland, a dishonorably discharged U.S. Army officer trying to offer his services to anyone who'll take him. This is all taking place before the attack on Pearl Harbor, so the audience knows something that only Rick suspects.

Rick's easy pickings for Dr. Lorenz (Sidney Greenstreet) who he meets on a Japanese ship heading back from Canada to New York and will eventually head to Japan via the Panama Canal. Rick can be a big help to Dr. Lorenz's friends.

I also loved Mary Astor's portrayal of Alberta Marlow from Red Deer, Canada, who might or might not be a Japanese spy. I've only seen her in movies where she's played ultra melodramatic roles (Red Dust and The Maltese Falcon) and in this one she's acts much more natural. She even does a little light comedy and shows off some legs.

This movie also stars most of the more popular Asian-American actors of the time, from Richard Loo, Philip Ahn, Keye Luke, Ruby Robles, and Chester Gan. Nobody was acting in "yellow face" in this movie which I loved. One thing that I felt uncomfortable with was Victor Sen Yung's portrayal of Joe Totsuiko, who talked in very Americanized scat, but was in fact, working for the Japanese. I got to thinking about all of those Nisei who got thrown into concentration camps because people saw this movie.

This is a great movie and well worth a look.
½ January 2, 2010
The cast of the Maltese Falcon (sans Peter Lorre) team up once again for pretty standard WWII intrigue. Greenstreet is a reliable heavy, and Astor seems to be enjoying a lighter role than Brigid O'Shaunghessy, providing light comic relief for Bogart to play off of. Unfortunately, the film holds to many stock Japanese stereotypes common to the time, but c'est le guerre, I suppose.
flixsterman
Super Reviewer
½ September 27, 2009
A product of it's time, Across the Pacific was made more for the war effort than for it's cinematic merits. If the cast seems vaguely familiar it's because many of them, including director John Huston, worked together on The Maltese Falcon just the year before. This one is minor league compared to it's predecessor, but it's still replete with Mary Astor's charm and Humphrey Bogart's machismo and that alone makes it worth watching.
September 3, 2009
It's definitely not PC; it's not all that good either. However, it's Bogart, Astor & Greenstreet together, so it's not all that bad. Still, what does it say about US culture in 1942 that Keye Luke's Japanese-American character is thoroughly Americanized and likeable but turns out to be an unrepentant villain?
July 19, 2009
This film has much to offer - espionage, romance, humor, World War II intrigue, spies, attempted bombings, action, suspense, blackmail, drama, mystery and adventure. A very entertaining mix and very successful. Fast paced, taut direction by John Huston, a great cast with the always good team of Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor and Sidney Greenstreet. Never a dull moment.
sanjurosamurai
Super Reviewer
May 24, 2009
bogey and greenstreet work well together once again in this excellent tale of intrigue. the twists are great and the story is told well in what is an underrated classic helmed by the great john huston.
½ May 15, 2009
"I look old, but that's because I've worried a lot. I haven't yet reached the age of consent."
All the elements that went into "Maltese Falcon" and "Casablanca" are here, but it proves only how far those classics rose above formula. This flick doesn't rise above the time it was made, in the months after Pearl Harbor. It's just a little lead foot -- Greenstreet is a little flat, Astor is a little unbelievable, Huston's direction is phoned in and the dialogue isn't as sharp as it first sounds to the ear. Can Bogey rescue a movie called "Across the Pacific" when the characters never even cross the Pacific???
Nope. They should have gotten Reagan for this one.
Bonus round: you can spot the actor who played Cane's mentor in the "Kung Fu" television series! Grasshopper!!!
March 20, 2009
One of Huston's lesser efforts. Bogart delivers a solid performance in this hastily arranged piece of espionage thriller.
March 9, 2009
A real good Bogart movie
jjnxn
Super Reviewer
½ February 16, 2009
Reteaming of the three major players of the Maltese Falcon yields iffy results, the acting is good of course but the story is somewhat lackluster and uninvolving. An average effort especially from someone like Huston.
September 28, 2008
Very cool spy movie with some great verbal sparring going on between Bogart and Mary Astor.
September 25, 2008
Classic Bogart entertainment. There isn't anything amazing here, but it's still fun to watch.
September 2, 2008
An enjoyable yet throwaway suspense movie from John Huston and Humphrey Bogart (and a bunch of other actors from Maltese Falcon). Some good dialogue distinguishes this one from the many others, but today the movie seems very racist against the Japanese (Mr. Leland = Mr. Rerand, Honolulu = Honoruru). I guess you can't fault it too much, this movie came out soon after Pearl Harbor, although I'm not sure if it had happened long enough before to affect the content of the movie. Anyways, Bogart as Bogart is always somewhat entertaining, and there's plenty of good ole' Bogey here.
August 15, 2008
A good little espionage movie with witty dialogue and Bogart in fine form as the weary cynic who is more than he appears. Mary Astor and Sydney Greenstreet, who also costarred with Bogart in The Maltese Falcon (also directed by John Huston) are good here. Asdor takes a more comedic turn in this than the ingratiating manipulator she plays in The Maltese Falcon. The racial stereotyping of the Japanese is what one might expect from a propaganda film of this sort. No doubt it was films like this that fed into the sentiment that saw many even second and third generation Japanese-Americans interred in prison camps for the duration of the war.
July 26, 2008
Pretty much all of the stuff I'd read about this film proved correct. It's worth watching because of the re casting Bogart with Mary Astor (who is very different to her character in the Maltese Falcon) and Sydney Greenstreet who is a great villian who should of done more films with Bogie.
Bogie seems a little unsure of himself at times in this film. I don't think they knew quite what they were trying to do with this film at times and some of the dialog seemed forced and un natural (very unlike the Falcon) and I guess the fact that the film was made so close to the breakout of the war, and John Huston was called up during filming and had to leave, it's understandable why the film is a little flat in parts.
But the actors are great, and it features some classic Bogart images.
I think the early love scenes between Bogie and Astor are really awkward. Bogart was not used to being a leading man at this stage and throughout his career he was better when he was a cynical type of love interest up against a tough and dangerous woman, like Lauren Bacall. That's also why he worked so well in Sabrina because he was not who you would expect Sabrina to fall in love with.
A mixed bag of a film, but worth owning and I'm glad its finally out on DVD in Australia.
May 30, 2008
Koittaa olla Casablanca II, mutta hyvänä viihteenä menee. Täytyy kyllä ihailla näiden vanhojen leffojen dialogia nasevuutensa vuoksi. Juoni etenee virheettä ja juttu perustuu sarjaromaaniin.
March 21, 2008
I did not really like this movie.
½ January 12, 2008
What's not to like about dated patriotic pulp in which Humphrey Bogart single-handedly saves the Panama canal or Sydney Greenstreet attempts harakiri because, you know, he's in with the Japs?

A trademark in the NES days, I'd never realized how wonderful knife-throwing is in cinema until this film.
December 6, 2007
This piece of wartime propaganda does some very negative stereotyping of Japanese people. The film would have been much stronger if it had been fairer to the Japanese, but considering when it was made that just wasn't in the cards. Though Bogart is always good, his discomfort at playing the racist leaks through.
Page 2 of 3