This film is described as a "free adaptation" of Hawthorne's novel ... and, boy, do they mean "free". Aside from character names, location, and the scarlet letter itself, the film barely bore any resemblance to original story. The acting was mediocre, the script cheesy, and the plot so ridiculously hollywoodized and cheap that this film is an insult to Hawthorne's classic.
"Pride and Glory" had the backbone of a good film, but lacked the character development, background, good directing, and smart script to get it there. For a cop movie, it was mediocre. Norton should be praised for, as always, making the most of his role.
What a fantastic film about one of the most important men in media history. Having heavily studied Edward R. Murrow, I loved seeing his story portrayed in film in such an artistic and historically-correct way. Clooney created a masterpiece with this story.
This exciting story did not have enough twists or intelligent dialogue to fully pull me into the story. I found Foster's character kind of flat and while Washington was good, Owen could have been more interesting. I think the movie suffered from trying to straddle the line between action flick and psychological thriller.
Aside from the superb cinematography, directing, and ensemble cast, "Flags of Our Fathers" made an impact on me in its focus on the American media machine, rather than the actual fighting. Eastwood conveyed extremely important messages about the media, America's attitude towards war, and hypocrisy in government ? and he did so in subtle ways that show his skill as a director. This movie is a must-see for all North Americans.