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Flags of Our Fathers Reviews

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½ May 8, 2018
Gut punching. The injustice of it all just slams you in the kidneys. How we treat our veterans is abysmal. The music is beautiful, and I would personally recommend watching Letters from Iwo Jima before this one, because it really enhances the experience. I don't know how this film didn't win an Oscar, disgraceful.
½ April 13, 2018
a unique concept and a capable adam beach are wasted. eastwood is a respected director but he doesn't offer much new in the genre. even the major action sequence is cgi-laden and artificial-looking. boring and a mess.
March 12, 2018
Too UN. Too cynical. Sequences fade into the pack and make it difficult to differentiate one player from the others, much less remember them after the lights go up.
October 24, 2017
This movie has a strong cast of war movie veterans, but it really doesn?t feel like it was very well put together. The movie jumps back and forth, from past to present, early in the war to later, in the midst of the battle to ending. Then it?s being told to the son of one of the Marines about half way through. It really seemed like this movie wanted to tell so much, but was limited to its 2 hour and 10 min runtime. It never finds a rhythm and I left feeling more confused than when I started. I never connected with any of he characters because they were shuffled into and out of the spotlight so fast.
½ August 11, 2017
To me, this seemed uneven at times, but Flags of Our Fathers swiftly combines epic war sequences with detailed storytelling to make for an interesting, under the radar story
May 4, 2017
Not bad visually, but dull. Way too dull. (First and only viewing - 10/9/2014)
April 29, 2017
170429: What can I possibly say about a movie that tries to show the horrors of war. I have no doubt. I was sold a long time ago. Tragically honest, tragically painful.
½ April 1, 2017
He could have made a pacifist film and the "republican" Eastwood serves us a militarist dung to the glory of the US with the old racist clichés of the cruel Japanese and the alcoholic Indian ... NO
Super Reviewer
November 20, 2016
Less focused on battle and more on the psychological trauma that war has on the average person. This is a war movie that makes you question what a hero really is. Filmed incredibly well, Clint Eastwood's portrayal of Iwo Jima is saturated and depressing, much like the mindset's of the people who partook in the battle. The stand-out character is Ira Hayes, one of the men hailed as a hero simply for raising an American flag on the top of the island's mountain. It's a tragic story, but it's done so well. Clint Eastwood never disappoints.
September 4, 2016
Flags of Our Fathers made me look at war and heroism differently, which is pretty darn astonishing given just how many war films and books I've consumed over several years. It's not just a well made film with complex characters, but its philosophy of war and heroes is truly brilliant. The film was a lot more cynical leaning about the manufacturing of the war process than I expected, so I enjoyed that element of it greatly. Also, Icelandic black beaches! Talk about a stunning location!
½ August 2, 2016
Saw this on 1/8/16
Eastwood's own music gives this film a soul. It is not as good as Letters from Iwo Jima mostly becuase it is over patriotic and indulgent in war cliches. However, from time to time the film manages to connect emotionally.
July 13, 2016
Reality versus lies and propaganda.
July 9, 2016
The story behind one of the most iconic war images, and the consequences thereof. The photo of six men - five Marines and one Navy Corpsman - raising the US flag over Mount Surabachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in WW2 is one of war's most memorable, stirring, famous and iconic images. We see the aftermath of the flag raising - how three of those men went back to the US as heroes and were used to promote war bond sales. Most of all, we see how they react and cope (or don't cope) with the fame and hero status. Through flashbacks we also see the lead-up to the flag raising, especially the bitter, bloody fighting on Iwo Jima, and the fighting afterwards, which was equally bloody.

Incredibly powerful movie-making by Clint Eastwood. Based on the book by James Bradley, son of the Navy Corpsman in the photo, this an accurate, gritty depiction of war at its most gruesome. Probably even more graphic than Saving Private Ryan in its depiction of the sheer brutality and wastefulness of life and limb of war.

On that note, Stephen Spielberg is an executive producer of this movie, and you can see his hand in the special effects scenes. Fantastic CGI, especially in rendering the huge armada of ships and vast amount of planes involved in the Battle of Iwo Jima.

Far more than just an action movie though. At its heart is the meaning of heroism, and how people who don't regard themselves as heroes react to being treated as heroes. Quite an emotional journey as we see the three individuals cope, or not, with the fame, fame some of them regard as undeserved. Also emotional in that they remember all their friends who died on Iwo Jima, friends who, to them, were the true heroes of the battle.

Ryan Phillippe, Jesse Bradford and Adam Beach put in solid performances in the three main roles. Good support from a host of actors: Barry Pepper, Jaime Bell, John Slattery, Paul Walker, Neal McDonough, among others. Cast also includes, in a minor role, Stark Sands, later to find fame in the Iraq War mini-series Generation Kill.
June 21, 2016
Better second time, liked the personal story more than the war scenes. Good ending of them at the beach playing
½ January 3, 2016
Good movie not just about firefights and operations in war.
September 17, 2015
A well done salute to the brave men who fought at Iwo Jima.
½ September 6, 2015
Looking forward to this
½ August 24, 2015
An incredibly underrated film.
½ August 23, 2015
I literally wanted to stick a large metal object in my eyeball watching this snooze fest, god awful movie.
June 29, 2015
6/27/15 This film makes you hate war. It puts into perspective the mass slaughter that went on in both of the world wars. It was basically just luck if you survived. The war scenes were really vivid and realistic. The film's topic is intriguing, but I found the film itself somewhat average. I like the idea of the film better than the film itself. It does a lot of skipping around in time (flashbacks and flash forwards), which I didn't really feel added to the story. It is a fairly sad tale over all, and it certainly makes you think.
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