The Great Raid Reviews

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November 6, 2019
[The Great Raid tells] a tale of courage under fire and serving as a reminder to us all in this day and age that war is not all about smart bombs and precision aerial displays; rather, it exemplifies life, death, honor and courage.
March 1, 2007
A well-produced, rousing feature based on one of those forgotten World War II episodes that make for great cinema.
May 12, 2006
December 25, 2005
The Great Raid has one amazing action sequence. You just have to watch the whole story in order to earn and appreciate it.
December 16, 2005
The true story part of it works. The spy and romance stuff doesn't.
September 10, 2005
The raid on Cabanatuan is extraordinary. Exciting, tense, full of crackling suspense and filmed with old-fashioned daring, the movie comes alive with crackling electricity it does not know until this very point.
September 10, 2005
August 20, 2005
August 18, 2005
[D]eliciously old-fashioned... Like in how Dahl assembled a cast of perfectly 1940s faces that pop off the screen with a suave anti-Technicolor urgency...
August 14, 2005
The Great Raid works well as a film when it concentrates on the planning and completion of the mission.
August 14, 2005
August 13, 2005
August 12, 2005
While one might have wished for a better movie, and a few smarter decisions regarding the screenplay, generally it's a riveting, even inspirational account of an American feat of arms about which few know but about which many more should.
August 12, 2005
Dahl's approach may be somewhat pedestrian, but he tells his story clearly and with few unnecessary detours.
August 12, 2005
This has modest blood yet almost documentary fidelity, is beautifully sited (Australia's Queensland was main location), and paced to deliver the nerve surges of fear and reward and loss.
August 12, 2005
This smart, unhurried drama plays out like a retro version of Saving Private Ryan.
August 12, 2005
The film is much better as a ticking-clock action picture than as a story of human emotions, be they romantic, altruistic or base.
August 12, 2005
Not a great movie, but it certainly does justice to the great historical event it dramatizes.
August 12, 2005
See the film for its depiction of astounding heroism and military ingenuity. Take the rest with a grain of salt.
August 12, 2005
At times the action drags, but the details of the raid itself are riveting. The rescue scenes will leave you feeling as if you were in the midst of battle.
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