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The Pacific

Posted by admin | Posted in Movies | Posted on 25-03-2010

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The Pacific is an epic 10-part miniseries that delivers a realistic portrait of WWII’s Pacific Theatre as seen through the intertwined odysseys of three U.S. Marines – Robert Leckie, John Basilone and Eugene Sledge. The extraordinary experiences of these men and their fellow Marines take them from the first clash with the Japanese in the haunted jungles of Guadalcanal, through the impenetrable rain firests of Cape Gloucester, across the blasted coral strongholds of … More >>

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For anyone interested in the Pacific theatre- this is an epic story of 3 marines, their comrades and their sacrifice against a fearless enemy. The level of detail and battle sequences are amazing. The amphibious landings and the hell thats thrown at these guys is unthinkable. The fact that the Pacific war isn’t covered enough, makes this educational for some and intriguing to everyone. Thanks to Clint Eastwoods great movies(Letters From Iwo Jima, Flags Of Our Fathers) and Speilberg/Hanks The Pacific, we are starting to get some great coverage in this area. Of more importance, the men who gave so much are getting the recognition they deserve.

I have read some of the other reviews here and I can’t understand the anti- reviews. This is not Band Of Brothers Part 2, its not trying to be that series. Thats very narrow minded to compare the two. Its not fair to everyone who worked so hard and made this masterpiece. Band Of Brothers is awesome, everyone knows that. BOB was also 8 years ago and its had its day in the sun. We all have it on dvd and will enjoy it the rest of our lives. I think some people have let the past 8 years of BOB marinate in their minds. Instead of coming into this series with an open mind, people were ready to pick it apart, because they love BOB so much. I think once this set comes out on blu ray and you can spend a weekend enjoying what a great series it is, you will see that it stands on its own. I heard one guy after the first episode say ” its slow, I hope it will pick up” . The first episode of BOB was boot camp and getting ready for D-day- that was a slow episode, but very enjoyable- just like this episode one. But in this series the marines are already on Guadalcanal and the action has begun in earnest.Makes no sense.

One of many aspects I enjoy about The Pacific is the time the soldiers spend away from the battlefield. I think they do a great job showing whats on these guys minds, what they have to fight for and how their fate on the battlefield effects so many. Theres an episode where they are stationed in Australia and you can see how some Aussies can’t wait for them to leave. While others fall in love with the soldiers or welcome them into their lives. Its a dynamic of war that is easier to cover in a series this long.

The Marines weren’t just fighting a fearless, well trained enemy- they were fighting the jungle as well. Which is also well covered by Speilberg. I can’t imagine living in these conditions let alone fighting the Japanese. The diseases and lack of proper supplies killed thousands of soldiers(on both sides), who didn’t have the chance to decide their fate on the field.

The acting is well done by the 3 main performers portraying Basilone, Leckie and Sledge. The chemistry between Jon Seda(Basilone) and Annie Parrise(Lena) is hard to find. I thought the episode where they meet, fall in love , marry and seperate because of Basilone’s Iwo Jima mission was one of the best in the series. It seemed like every episode was better than the previous. It kept getting better. There are many episodes and moments that make this great. The 3 episodes that encompass the Pelieu battle are intense, brutal and realistic for battle. It gives the viewer an idea of how savage the fighting in the Pacific would have been. There is a scene where the Marines are trying to cross an airfield- but the Japanese are waiting and ready. The following moments are above what we have seen in Saving Private Ryan for graphic war violence. For a good while its unrelenting. Another moment that will stay with you is when Sledge is on Okinawa- the last battle. He enters a small shelter to find a crying baby. When he looks around he finds a woman close to death. She wants him to kill her to end her pain, even putting his gun to her head. But he is done killing. Its a powerful moment. There are good hearted moments to find too. The episode where the Marines are in Australia is great. And the final episode finds the soldiers trying to make a life for themselves in post war America. Several find love and begin fresh. Leckie(James Dale)who earler in Australia lost love, finds love with the woman he had been writing too throughout the war. Although he never sends the letters- figuring he wouldn’t survive the war! The people who made the Island sets should be given praise too. The battlefields are very realistic.

I highly recommend this series to those who want to see something great. Its not often we get a long historical series like this and to have one this well done is a treat.

Rating: 5 / 5

Tom Hanks came to Cleveland earlier this month and gave a presentation on non-fiction in film, and it included a sneak peek of a scene from “The Pacific.” He showed an amazing clip from the upcoming HBO miniseries, and it was truly stunning. People say the opening scene in “Saving Private Ryan” is unforgetable, which is true, but I can definitively say that the scene we saw from “The Pacific” has all that drama and perhaps more. My heart was pounding watching the young men take the beach. I instantly cared about these Marines, there was a true connection to them — the acting is superb. I didn’t think it possible that “Band of Brothers” could be topped, but I’m telling you, if the scene we saw is any indication, “The Pacific” is going to go gangbusters. Buy stock in HBO, and line up the Emmys now.
Rating: 5 / 5

First let me say that HBO, Steven Spielberg, and Tom Hanks deserve a standing ovation for making this epic piece of history. I just finished watching the last episode. Once I saw the first episode, I was mesmerized for the next 9 weeks! I scheduled everything on Sunday around watching “The Pacific”.

Outstanding acting, incredible cinematography, great music score, realism that is scary! I’m running out of superlatives to use! It’s not better, than BOB! It’s just as good and just as heart warming, and gut wrenching as BOB. Both of these historical mini-series deserve equal credit. Don’t let some of the reviews here influence your judgement not to watch it. Yes there are those that feel strongly about one or another, but I don’t believe that was anyone’s goal in making the Pacific. I believe, especially Tom Hanks, just has this compelling, passionate desire to put both theaters of WWII in the minds of both, those that served and those of us who have not. The mellow drama movies of post WWII lead many of us who did not serve, to think about WWII as a hero’s time in history. I would never discount any heroics which there are plenty to be seen, It’s just that both of these series, Band of Brothers, and The pacific, set the stage for us to all share in the reality of war. Some reviewers here have commented on how there feelings were evoked while watching, In a few words, I felt like I was there each week, and each week after watching an episode, I would look at there reality and think about my past week, good or bad and feel proud to be an American Citizen!

I’m an aging baby boomer, 64, and my Father, who is 88, and still with us, was a ambulance driver on the front lines in Germany, France, and a few other countries. My father also suffered from some of the mental duress from his time served. With this Memorial Day Holiday upon us very soon, I would like to say a very sincere, Thank You, to ALL who have served in ALL the wars that have helped make the United States of America a country I’m still proud of.

Mr. Spielberg, and Mr. Hanks, Please do what ever you can to bring more of these fine mini-series covering the Korean War, the Viet-Nam War, and both Iraq, and Afghanistan Wars. They deserve your serious passion, commitment, and wonderful talents! My Mother was an English War Bride, so let’s just say Hip, Hip, Hooray!

I’ve already ordered my Blue-Ray release of “The Pacific”

Outstanding!
Rating: 5 / 5

I’ve read the other reviewers’ comments, pro & con, and am aware of the obvious comparisons of the other major works by the same production team. Comparison is tempting but the Pacific and Atlantic Theaters of war were so different in their basic strategies as to, in my opinion, defy comparison. In Europe, the Allies invaded at Normandy after securing north Africa and the Mediterranean. This made a two front war for a “stand alone” Germany a reality. The strategy for the Allies was to gain control of occupied geography and liberate populations. The strategy differed in the Pacific because the geography was sparsely populated by comparison and much more vast in scale. Control of airspace and the sea was viewed by both sides as essential to victory. This dictated the nature of strategies including the deployment of resources, i.e men and materials in a way devised to cut off enemy resources and destroy supply lines. “Island Hopping” gave the Allies that desired result without having to sustain the casualties which would have occurred with the liberation and occupation of thousands of islands. BofB reflects the nature of a huge array of armed might focused on defined geographic goals as it relates to a single unit involved in the effort from invasion to VE Day. TPac, dictated by the nature of the war was less cohesive with much smaller numbers (per action) involved in smaller geography and, by necessity, demanded a more complex mobility than was the reality in Europe. There was also a good deal of interservice rivalry that was less than “good natured”…witness the truck scene when the Army driver does not even make the attempt at avoiding the Marines on Gualdalcanal. My father, an officer in the US Navy from the outset of the war, referenced a comment he said was oft repeated in the Pacific…”the Navy shells it and softens it up, the Marines land and fight to take it, the Army shows up to occupy it.”

I find the series to be a very believable representation of what I’ve read and learned growing up from the conversations of those who were there. Kudos to the producers whose efforts have, thus far, shown the differences between the theaters and the impact on the men who fought in them.
Rating: 5 / 5

I loved the Pacific. I found the action scenes remarkably believable and startling in their realism. Several of these scenes take place at night, which must have been very difficult to film. And yet what touched me the most was the incredible acting done by an ensemble cast of little known actors. The raw emotions our soldiers went through during and after the war were allowed to be showcased. The 10-Part Series had different directors for many of the Episodes. During Episode 3, which takes place in Melbourne, Australia, we are finally allowed to get close to several of the men. That Episode was like a movie within a movie. The direction was first rate, and the acting memorable. I found myself so involved with each episode, that the time flew by. And after just seeing the last installment, I was left hungry for more!

One thing that should be mentioned is that the three main characters of the mini series DID actually exist (in fact, several of the main characters were based on real soldiers). Two of them wrote excellent books on their experiences fighting in the war (available through Amazon). The third soldier won the Medal of Honor during fighting at Guadalcanal. He was ordered back to the States to help sell war bonds. Gradually, he felt so restless and guilty, he demanded to re-enlist, and be allowed to fight. He ended up fighting at Iwo Jima, and I’ll leave it at that.

War is hell no matter where it is fought. But out in the far reaches of the Pacific during World War II, our soldiers went through something that they could not begin to describe adequately. And when they returned victorious from the Pacific, it was anticlimactic for most of the country.

My father was in the Army Air Force during the war, and was based in the Pacific. After the war, he stayed on in occupied Japan. He shared a lifetime of stories with me before he passed away 20 years ago. I wish he could have lived long enough to see this mini series. I would have to say that this project comes as close to perfect as I’ve ever seen. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
Rating: 5 / 5

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