A group of young soldiers are brought in as reinforcements to the Guadalcanal in an effort to claim the island from the Japanese hostiles. The men of Company C go through hell, as they risk life and limb to conquer an enemy bunker on top a steep hill. Hill 210’s strategic location is a key position to whoever has control of it.
After a 20 year absence in film making, visionary director Terrence Malick resurfaces in 1998 with “The Thin Red Line”, an American war film and fictional tale about the events surrounding the Battle of Mount Austen during World War II. The film is a high budgeted film with an all star line up of talented actors, some who play main characters and others cameo appearances. The film received Academy Award nods for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Editing, Cinematography, and Original Score.
Lets name drop here: this film stars Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Jim Caviezel, Elias Kotias, John Cusack, Adrien Brody, George Cklooney, Nick Stahl, Jared Leto, John Travolta, Woody Harrelson, Ben Chaplin, and John C. Reilly, just to name a few, and I am not even mentioning some of the other cameo scenes from notable talent who were removed during the final cut of this film.
I would put this film in my top 10 war film list any day. Its your unconventional war film, and that is the beauty of it. Terrence Malick brings us along on a journey through the rugged terrain of war. His characters are brilliant. Their emotions are authentic and real. Its like actually being in the center of the battle taking place. Every second is crucial, and every moment is heart pounding and gripping.
Almost every bit of this film is beautiful, from the story, to the characters, the acting, framework, cinematography, and sound. Its a long sit to view this. The three hour run time may be an off point to some viewers, but if you appreciate director Terrence Malick’s work, then you know this is his signature, and it all makes for one great cinematic experience.