Pearl Harbor (2001)

Pearl Harbor (2001, USA) C-184m. SCOPE *** D: Michael Bay. Starring Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jon Voight, Alec Baldwin, Tom Sizemore, William Lee Scott, Jennifer Garner, Dan Aykroyd, Mako, Tom Everett, John Diehl, Matt Damon. Big-budget blockbuster from the team that brought you ARMAGEDDON (1998). Film recounts cute love triangle, which is given a spin by ravaging WW2 and the surprising, devastating attack by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor in 1941. Typical war movie script portrays the effects of war on a personal basis and offsets this by furious bomber attack sequences. Despite some glorification of war heroism, film scores on the emotional level, and is extremely well-photographed. Hartnett does not fit in 1940s context, but period flavor isn't film's main asset. Good score by Hans Zimmer.


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