We Were Soldiers

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  • Summary: Based on the best-selling book which details the events of the battle of LZ X-Ray in the Ia Drang Valley. (Paramount)
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  1. Positive: 26 out of 37
  2. Negative: 2 out of 37
  1. One of the best war movies of the past 20 years.
  2. Reviewed by: Ted Mahar
    83
    The film's soldiers are more the mom-and-apple-pie, God-fearing lads of World War II movies than the cynical grunts of "Platoon" (1986) and "Full Metal Jacket" (1987).
  3. It succeeds where its recent predecessor miserably fails because it demands that you suffer the dreadfulness of war from both sides. That might not make it a milestone, but it's a hell of an improvement.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    Gibson has the closest thing to a John Wayne part that anyone's played since the Duke himself rode into the sunset, and he plays it damn well.
  5. If the action is graphic and immediate, other aspects of the movie are inexcusably bad.
  6. While the movie is dreadfully clumsy or sentimental around the edges, there's no denying the strength of Mr. Gibson's performance or the power of the savage combat, a 90-minute sequence that's even more graphic than the horrific firefight in Somalia in "Black Hawk Down."
  7. Rarely have Gibson's tears seemed more fictional than in this supposedly authentic account of a historical event that's far too tragic to merit such superficial treatment.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 48
  2. Negative: 7 out of 48
  1. Oct 28, 2014
    10
    This movie is a strong and powerful to see. If you like war movies then you shod see movie. It is build from a best selling book that is notThis movie is a strong and powerful to see. If you like war movies then you shod see movie. It is build from a best selling book that is not far from what really happened during that part of the war. Mel Gibson does this part extremely good. This is 1 of my favorite movies. Expand
  2. May 16, 2013
    10
    an amazing story that is my second favorite movie of all time everything was realistic and is the best army movie ever i have watched it likean amazing story that is my second favorite movie of all time everything was realistic and is the best army movie ever i have watched it like 20 times get it Expand
  3. Nov 16, 2013
    10
    Exceptionally well made movie based on the novel written by the two people who actually lived the experience as a testimony in honor of theExceptionally well made movie based on the novel written by the two people who actually lived the experience as a testimony in honor of the men of the 1/7 Cavalry who fought and died in battle. Expand
  4. johnh
    Oct 28, 2005
    8
    Well done & affecting, without major flaws.
  5. Sep 25, 2013
    8
    This movie is in the top three vietnam war movies. Great acting and great battle scenes. the top three are 1. Apacolypse Now 2. Platoon 3. weThis movie is in the top three vietnam war movies. Great acting and great battle scenes. the top three are 1. Apacolypse Now 2. Platoon 3. we were soldiers Expand
  6. Nov 28, 2012
    7
    Randall Wallace's "We Were Soldiers" tells the story of the events that surrounded the first major battle of the Vietnam War. The film starsRandall Wallace's "We Were Soldiers" tells the story of the events that surrounded the first major battle of the Vietnam War. The film stars Mel Gibson, Barry Pepper, and Greg Kinnear. First off, the greatest aspect of this film is the really strong lead performances from Mel Gibson - He really shines in this role. Another impressive performance in the film is Sam Elliott's portrayal of Sergeant Major Basil L. Plumley. His character has some of the most memorable lines of dialogue in the film which are often crass and caustic. Another very memorable aspect of the film is it's intensely realistic use of special effects. The film uses special effects to simulate what the actual Battle Of Ia Drang was like. Some of the special effects are really engaging and compelling while other special effects are grotesque and grisly, but either way it helps to ground this film in realism. While a lot of the performances in the film were noteworthy, there were some that were. . .not. I'm not going to say which ones fell flat, but there were some moments when actors delivered their lines in a really unsuitable way. These moments don't really take away from the film's overall appeal, but. . .their just bad. All in all, I felt that "We Were Soldiers" was a fairly impressive film that crafted a very believable simulation of the first battle of the Vietnam War. Expand
  7. Jun 18, 2014
    1
    Randall Wallace's "We Were Soldiers" is an unpardonable insult to young Vietnamese soldiers who sacrificed themselves for the independence ofRandall Wallace's "We Were Soldiers" is an unpardonable insult to young Vietnamese soldiers who sacrificed themselves for the independence of their homeland, completely contradicting what the story was supposed to do - honor them. In terms of history, The Battle Of La Drang Valley ended with American troops' retreat after sustaining heavy casualties from the ambushing Viet Minh army, instead of a "spectacular counterattack which annihilated the entire Vietnamese battle forces" like what happend in the end of the movie. As regards to direction, performance and storytelling, this film is a rather dull, boring war drama compared to Black Hawk Down or Saving Private Ryan; accompanied by a predictable plot, mediocre battle scenes that can be matched only by Michael Bay's "Pearl Harbor", I have but one word to honor this movie: CRAP Expand

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