Except for 20 minutes, utter garbage.
Possibly spoilers (though not much to spoil).
Essentially this movie is trying to be both "Titanic" (romance with a
historcial event as background) and "Saving Private Ryan" (strarly
miltary drama) at the same time. Basic summation of plot: Guy 1 falls in
love with this woman. Guy 1 disappears and is presumed dead, so Guy 2
1's friend) falls in the love with the woman too. Guy 1 later shows up
again, creating an awkward moment. Pearl Harbor happens. The characters
involve themselves. Dolittle's raid happens. Guy 1 or Guy 2 dies,
the other one to take care of the woman who is pregnant with Guy 1 or Guy
If you wondering why I only spend one sentence on the event that's the
of the movie, good. I am wondering why the title event takes up only 20
minutes out of the 3 hours of this movie.
That 20 minutes, seeing the actual Pearl Harbor attack, is the only
redeeming feature of this movie. Special effects and cinemtography
realistically and graphically portray the actual attack. See those 20
As for the rest of the movie...
The romance is poorly written, and completely untinteresting. And SLOW.
Ben Affleck gives his most wooden perforamnce ever, and for him that's
really saying something.
As for the historic events leading up to the attack, the historical
are a tad too prescient, knowing way more than they possibly should (as if
they read ahead in the script).
A really silly moment is when you see the Japanese attack plans... carved
into granite. Not kidding, they actually are, and what looks more like a
momument in a park than a military headquarters.
After the attack, you hear one of the stupidest lines in the entire movie:
"I think World War II just started!" Ridiculous, in that nobody would
say that in 1941. There is no World War I yet (it was still just called
"The Great War") and the term World War II wasn't coined until after 1945
when it ended. It really breaks the illusion of being at the even that
last 20 minutes did such a good job at.
You see the charachters get involved in a rediculous unrealistic way
actions were based on actual historcial events, though they're GREATLY
exxagerated here). The movie isn't satisfied with ending at the aftermath
of the Pearl Harbor attack, and moved right on to the Doolittle raid
more boring attention to the romantic plot). Which leads to a predictable
end after the raid (one of the 2 dies) in case you still care at this
Very slow moving, poorly written, boring movie. Except for the excellent
minutes of the attack, see that part then return this. Don't recommend
Fabritzio_USA watch Goya's Ghosts movie
a great history movie.
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One of the worst movies I have ever seen, they completely missed the point.
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very informative and interesting movie pearl harbor and airforce one.
ghaffarjan watch The Lazarus Project movie
very interesting movie.
ferro_gtg watch Stir Of Echoes: The Homecoming movie
a good movies i ever watch.
Very good acting and very realistic well worth watching.
Interesting way to retell history..
really good movie.
Good movie, loved it..
amazing movie... Cant be any better and I have been waiting for it to come on tv but didn't want to wait any longer... A must download.
A typical Disney/Bruckheimer/Bay action flick
What is a Disney/Bruckheimer/Bay action flick? It is heavy on special
effects; includes a dopey love story; lacks historical accuracy and/or
scientific reality; and has awful acting (mostly by Ben Affleck),
writing, and character development. "Armageddon" is the most obvious
example; "Pearl Harbor" is another.
The first hour-plus of "Pearl Harbor" is the dopey love triangle. Rafe
McCawley (Affleck) goes to "downtown London" (no one says downtown --
it's known as Central London) to serve in the RAF as a fighter pilot. I
don't know how, in one night, he was able to train to the point where
he can not only fly a completely different aircraft, but shoot down a
German bomber. Believing he is killed in action, his best friend Danny
Walker (Josh Hartnett) comforts--and hooks with--his girlfriend Evelyn
Johnson (Kate Beckinsale). The two men fight on the night of December
6th, and of course by the time the bombing starts they're best friends
The attack on Pearl Harbor: The action sequences were well directed and
choreographed, but they too were loaded with historical mistakes for
the sake of dramatic license. One thing done right was Dory Miller
(Cuba Gooding, Jr.), the cook who shot down an enemy plane and was
later awarded the Navy Cross. But I doubt the real Dory Miller jumped
and hollered when he did it.
Then they include a scene or two with the Japanese fleet, which I guess
is an attempt to give us both sides of the story, or to give the
audience an enemy to hate. But Admiral Yamamoto was portrayed wrongly:
he wasn't gung-ho about attacking Pearl Harbor, he lamented the
The movie could have ended with Roosevelt's (Jon Voight) address to
Congress -- and even *that* had mistakes in it -- but it dragged on for
another hour with Dolittle's Raid over Tokyo. James Doolittle is played
poorly by anti-war mouthpiece Alec Baldwin, who acts like a cheerleader
rather than a military leader. And all of the sudden, Walker and
McKawley are bomber pilots?
Now, contrast this with 1970's "Tora! Tora! Tora!" which is practically
a history lesson disguised as a feature film; or even 1953's "From Here
To Eternity," a smartly written and well acted love story set in
November of 1941. "Pearl Harbor" tries to be both, but it fails