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It offers no great insights into the majority of its characters or the politics of the time; it is not the proudest or most shameful moment for any member of its cast; and it is neither overly long or dumbly abrupt. It's simply what it is.
The movie is a mild compeller for history buffs, and occasionally it's better than that. But the teenage mall rats, on whom box office success largely depends, are more likely to zoom away in Alamo rental cars.
For all the gun smoke, the image of the fort's defenders silhouetted against a blood-red Texas sky and the unrelenting bombast of Carter Burwell's score, the filmmakers never make the case why we should remember the Alamo.
The battle, when it finally comes, is brief, admirably non-gory and rather dull, chiefly because Hancock has neither the filmmaking brio it takes to let a camera fly madly into battle nor bad taste enough to enjoy the fight.
A superlative character-driven epic that honors both the varied truths and the varied myths surrounding a battle that pitted less than 300 Texans and Tejanos against General Antonio López de Santa Anna and several thousand Mexican troops.