Based on 470 votes and 174 reviews
A retelling of The Lord of the Rings. As Sam and Frodo advance into Mordor to try to protect the forces of Gondor from falling into a trap, Frodo is unexpectedly killed by a rider on a Nazgul leaving Sam alone only a lonely desperate trek that only ends barely more cheerfull than Mel Gibson's attempt at Gallipoli.
It wasn't a movie that entertained you. What it did was to show you the realities of war. Men in the trenches, YOUNG men, the filth, lack of food, fear. It is inconceivable that this was their lives for years on end fighting so that we can live our lives in peace and comfort. There is so little understanding and appreciation for what these men gave up. To get back to the movie. Yes I found it unrealistic that the job of warning the other regiment went solely to two soldiers on foot. It surprised me that the other regiment he encountered wouldn't have done more to help him in his mission. It's not as if saving 1600 lives was a little thing. Instead they give him a partial lift. In spite of that, I found myself rooting for the two young men and the success of their mission. I don't know if enjoyed it would be the right term, but I think it was a movie worth making and worth watching.
We’re suppose to love heroes. I get it, But this movie dragged on with little or no plot. Waste of time and money.
Tremendous failing movie.
could not understand the foreign language. Nothing mentioned at all about foreign people. Not a USA movie
Totally unrealistic in many scenes. Action was weak and poorly presented. Events seemed staged and not the result of an actual series of events.
Tremendous cinematography, you feel "in" the movie, not above it, watching from a distance....fine performances by all.....Mendes deserves an Oscar....Bravo.
The cinematography, editing, and digital effects are all very well done.
Not historical at all. Just another action movie.
Amazing set pieces, cinematography, and acting.
No so great after all but my blessing to all of the veterans.
filming, acting, flow of the movie well done; painted a very real picture of how war is and the effect on the people whether military or non-military. Have human beings learned anything from history yet?
Movie was fine but.... I totally respect people who fought in the past wars and the people who are still fighting but making profit from wars? How many veterans got an extra pay check from this movie?
First I respect everyone's opinion! My grandfather fought in 1917 France as a Canadian volunteer. Yes they sat in mud for weeks / months with the enemy 100yd's away. Some never got to shoot their weapon before they got their head blown off. Most had never been far from their own street or town let alone hold a gun. The movie shows what pure hell any part of this war was. The movie story for me shows the dedication of duty, something this young "Oh I've misplaced my cell phone ... what now" generation may not understand. Yes it' was muddy, violent, stressful, rat-infested and hard to understand why they did what they did & had to do. So for all you haters that dislike this movie OK. But don't worry you can always get your fix of modern reality war by going to the new "Star Wars". It's so much more accurate and believable and may be just like the movie in the future world wars. Eh! and the war battle scenes ... No Mud. Great to see Ballin use new faces instead of mega stars like Brad Pitt & DiCaprio, in this role but he had to as the average age was 18 to 20 in this war. Well done , Great Movie. PS WW1 cost the world 40 Million lives. Star Wars ...Not Sure I think the Stormtroopers just kept getting back up! LOL
Save your money.
I was expecting way more from this movie just to see the story about two soldiers delivering a message. Almost no battlefield scenes. Germans were shooting like they would shoot for the first time,not much going on and unrealistic story...
This movie does a great effort to show a HUGE event, WW I. It does it by taking 2 guys and strings a bunch of small stories together during the war featuring them. The movie does a great job covering a war so big each war area could be a movie in itself. You may get fatique following each short story shift, but focus on the setting and be amazed people could survive and realize how this war changed the world forever. Adult movie due to violence and trauma.
I love a good war movie. This was horrid. The story line is not much. Most of the movie was about showing corpses everywhere in every imaginable condition. If you like that see this movie. It reminded me of a C grade Audie Murphy cowboy movie except it was a war movie, not believable and disjointed. Again in a movie, the Germans couldn't hit a barn door from 20 yards with a bazooka. Come on, a bucket of cow's milk available for a baby but all the artillery was destroyed? Do not believe the critics, they need to get some real honest evaluations and actually watch the movie instead of following other critic's opinions - a waste of my time. The popcorn was excellent though!
Boring. Not what I expected.
Very artistic and realistic
The re-creation of the trenches, no man’s land and period accurate wear are to be commended. The movie walks a fine line rather well telling a plausible plot and a few rather suspect scenarios
SLOW-the last 10 minutes ALMOST made it a worthwhile use of my time. Don't pay attention to the rave reviews like I did.
Difficult to believe entire basis of story, that trench runners would be asked to cross enemy front lines to deliver a message. Could have been dropped by plane in 10 minutes. But there would be no movie then. Unbelievably, you also wont believe the first 75 minutes of the movie takes place in REAL .time. There are no edits or cuts. Everything had to go perfectly!! That alone is worth the price of admission. Impossible to imagine how non stop filming was done in a WWI battlefield environment. Watch and marvel. The movie itself was also captivating, as long as you remember this is an attemp to depict a supposedly true story told by the directors actual WWI experience.
i like the movie because in the short span of this movie ...i get the sense of how possibly it was like for the individual soldier in the trenches. The tedium most of the time for the soldier in the battle area with the constant fear of being killed at any time.
very slow and boring, its like you are there dealing with with sporadic action just like in the trenches
A beautiful movie that only an adult mind can appreciate.
Unrealistic . Stupid storyline , it would never happen.
My husbands choice but was ok for a war story one mans story and I’m sure there are so many, I felt like it was an assault on my senses made me tense.
Great movie! Great acting.
Great movies and cast!!!!! I would go and see it again.
The story could have been told in 10 minutes. Long, flat and tedious.
A Very strong movie clearly depicting the insanity of war and the conditions under which very young men fought died and were wounded. It tells the story of determination in carrying out a mission, despite incredible odds, of one soldier attempt to save his fellow countrymen from death and destruction. It was a well paced [production full of surprises around every corner.
It was Great.
A mediocre movie. Certainly didn't live up to its hype.
This lasted about 4 years, amazing that survivors didn’t go insane. If this is a real interpretation it’s sure depressing.
interesting story - lousy movie.
Two hours of depressing scenes.
Tremendous camera action/control
Unbelievable, explosions where the main character doesn't get hurt, German soldiers that cannot hit anyone
Two guys, seemingly unaffected by the monstrous trench warfare and slaughter, go from a to b. The only interesting part is the one twist here. The random events/scenes thrown together as a hodgepodge prevent an actual storyline; it's just a collection of short stories. Hard to stay awake after first hour of getting nowhere. Lack of heroism and honest fear did give it integrity. The problem wasn't bad acting; there was no acting.
Stupid movie. Totally artificial. Made of plaster and silicone, with no semblance of reality, in spite of the fact that it pretentiously tries to pass as authentic history. No sense of place. No sense of reality. The real soldiers in the trenches were called “les poilus” because they couldn’t shave. A far cry from the clean- shaven actor we see. The real fields were devastated and there was no sense of ‘magic realism’. The war was a devastating disaster for all involved, not a 2-day miracle!
Was not interesting. Solders looked like statues in some of the scenes.
Cinematography is Drone amazing .. almost no shot cuts. No stars makes for realiism. Exhilarating and exhausting action. No stars makes for wishing there were stars.
Oh boy, I've gotta stop reading the press reviews and all the hype. This is at best - a mediocre movie - the plot line is a little too unbelievable and the acting is far from good. Cinematography is good though. 3 stars is absolute most I'd give it, but then I thought that Mexican movie" ROMA" was such a load of rubbish....maybe it's me, maybe I have no idea what a good movie is supposed to be...maybe.....