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Pearl Harbor (2001) aka Pearl Harbour movie review

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Pearl Harbor (2001) aka Pearl Harbour

Sixty years on, Hollywood has revisited the war propaganda film, with new stars, new special effects, and the same story.

Starting a bit Great Waldo Pepper, Pearl Harbor is the usual preachery on the brave young boys and girls who live and love under the shadow of mean nasty countries who don't take kindly to being shoved around by the US.

"The day that will live on in infamy" is shown to be somewhat as a response to US tactics, after all, it wasn't exactly a surprise.

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What is stunning is the breadth of the bad tactics of the US, giving a fresh meaning to putting all your eggs in one basket.

Historical experts will no doubt tell us that this is another revisionist tale of sense of ill-usage felt by those who instigate a situation, they probably won't bother pointing out that the studios spent a HUGE amount of money to create a big-screen, glossy telling of a very pedestrian, oh-so-expected two-boys-and-a-girl story.

Movie Poster, Pearl Harbour (Pearl Harbor), Festivale film reviewsSigh. With so many great stories out there, deserving of attention, why waste money on this bit of ordinary self-stroking? Not everything has to be of great artistic merit, but why trot out the hoary old cliches?

Nicky says:
Titanic meets some matey war film with the plot nicked from Bootmen

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Title: Pearl Harbor (2001) aka Pearl Harbour (2001)
Written by: Randall Wallace
Directed by: Michael Bay
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Buena Vista

The Players: Ben Affleck, Kate Beckinsale, Josh Harnett
Official website: www.pearlharbor.com
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