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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 14, 2010
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 226 Ratings

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  • Summary: Three marines are the protagonists in Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg's miniseries about the war in the Pacific that begins after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Suspense

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    100
    It will repay you with a brutal but eloquent story that's finally less about how men fight and die than what happens to them when they fight and survive. It will show you how character and sheer, unfair randomness combine to produce cruelty or decency. And it will make you feel deeply for the men who return.
  2. 100
    The Pacific balances the visceral virtuosity of its war sequences with poignant, stirring portraits. Once you sign on, you have to see what happened to these men--the sign of expert storytelling. An epilogue supplies crucial updates.
  3. 100
    Certain moments may verge on cliche (and once in a while, the dialogue is a little corny), but overall, The Pacific is crafted and acted with such loving devotion that it's hard to find fault with its sincerity and sentimental forays.
  4. This 10-hour production on World War II in the Pacific is an ambitious, imperfect, intense and often compelling look at combat that gets dirtier and more ragged with each episode.
  5. The Pacific has both grand scale and intimacy. It builds in intensity as the series proceeds.
  6. Obvious or not, I watched most of the 10 episodes without the scene-setters and was occasionally lost. But if the battles aren't always distinctive, the characters are.
  7. 60
    In its insistence on the chaos of battles and the confusion of downtime, the series also offers another “harsh reality,” that these decent men are exploited by their faceless government, again and again. If this story is not explicit in the bloody surface of The Pacific, it is a persistent, distressing undercurrent.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
  1. May 29, 2013
    10
    When this show first got announced, I knew Band of Brothers would be something very tough to surpass. Although the Pacific isn't better thanWhen this show first got announced, I knew Band of Brothers would be something very tough to surpass. Although the Pacific isn't better than BoB its is still an incredible movie/show to watch. On its own accord this film is great and is easily one of my favorite movie/shows of all time. Expand
  2. Jun 1, 2017
    10
    In contradiction to all other user, I have to disagree with most users. The Pacific was a good mini-series. You cannot compare the two as theIn contradiction to all other user, I have to disagree with most users. The Pacific was a good mini-series. You cannot compare the two as the war against Japan was different from the war against the Nazis militarily, geographically and psychologically. I think that the war in Europe was honoured more than the war in the Pacific. Therefor I pledge that "The Pacific" is a great representation of the war against Japan. Most people think that this war was as simple as fighting in the civilian cities. Yet most forget that these Marines had to endure the fears of the jungle and the discourage of the never surrendering japs who creaved US blood.

    The Pacific portrayed the agony of noncombat, the terror, disease, hostile weather, the asian families fleeing battle, torturing of their enemy and the desperate attempt of dieing Marines begging for their lives. This gives us a good view of the scenarios of moral dilemmas people faced during the war.

    (SPOILER ALERT) Example:

    The next day they move forward, and Sledge and Snafu watch as their fellow Marines slaughter all the Japanese they come across using bullets, flamethrowers, tank rounds. Sledge seems more disconnected and monstrous than Snafu as he witnesses the gory nightmare around him. He barely takes cover as a nearby explosion happens. When a Japanese soldier attempts to take him by surprise Sledge cuts him down with barely a thought. Snafu watches his friend kill with a look of shock.

    As they're walking by a hut, they hear a baby crying. "Might be a trap," Sledge says, but after a moment, they go inside anyway. They discover the baby crying by the breast of his dead mother. The woman's body has been blown open by an explosion. Sledge realizes that this hut is much like the one he ordered the squad to hit, and looks at the hole in the ceiling in cold horror. Snafu tries to reassure him that a lot of mortars were fired up there, but it does nothing to comfort Sledge. Another man walks in, sees the baby, asks them what's their problem is, and scoops up the infant in his arms.

    Snafu turns and leaves and Sledge walks behind him until he hears the soft breathing and voice of woman pleading from another corner of the hut. He follows the noise and sees an older woman, her face swollen and purple, struggling to breathe and repeating something to him softly. Sledge at first takes aim at her, then lowers his rifle. Struggling, her jaw slack, she lifts the cloth on what remains of her shirt and shows him her wound: She's been blown in half. She reaches for the muzzle of his rifle and guides it to her forehead with one hand, then mimes with the index finger of her other hand that he should pull the trigger.

    Sledge almost does, then stops himself. He slowly puts down the gun, eases to the floor next to the woman, reaches over and cradles her in his arms, stroking her hair. She stares up at him and breathes a few more gasps. She pulls her face into his neck in a deep embrace, and as she stops breathing, she drops a child's toy that makes a jingling noise as it hits the ground.
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    Nonetheless Band of Brothers and The Pacific are both very good mini-series about war. However they should not be compared since it wouldn't be fair to undermine their importance and respect they earned. Not to forget the follow-up on these series will be "Masters of the Air".

    I think it's safe to say that this mini-serie was a succes for what they where aiming to achieve on-screen from visual effects to the emotions put into the series. At the end of the season we get a review of the US Marines who served in the war, may they be honored for their service and rest in peace.
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  3. Jan 3, 2015
    9
    During the holidays I had some free time to watch television. I just finished watching the HBO Miniseries (on Amazon Prime) directed by TomDuring the holidays I had some free time to watch television. I just finished watching the HBO Miniseries (on Amazon Prime) directed by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg "The Pacific", a intertwined journey of three U.S. Marines in World War II. Sometimes a hard movie to watch due to to violence and killing but was a well invested 10 hours of TV time. I could not help but cry during some scenes, and more so at the end when I discovered the stories are true as the credits roll with the Marines real pictures and when they died and some still living. What strong men, committed to freedom and loyal to each other, and our country we had during this Pacific invasion. Made me very proud of these Marines and also to be a free American in a country we time take for granted that it will always be a great country of freedom. I pray that if we ever have another war that the men today will be as strong as they were in that generation of my parents. My next movie series will be "Band of Brothers". Expand
  4. Jan 4, 2018
    8
    First and foremost: though this may have been made by the same people who made Band of Brothers, and in the same HBO 10-part mini-series, thisFirst and foremost: though this may have been made by the same people who made Band of Brothers, and in the same HBO 10-part mini-series, this cannot be compared to Band of Brothers.

    I say this, because the Pacific seeks to tell the story of the Pacific Theater of WWII, a much longer, complex, and larger part of the war as a whole. In 10 episodes, this series goes from 1941 to 1946 (whereas Band of Brothers takes place over the span of about 500 days). In addition to this, The Pacific focus solely on the Marine Corps involvement in the war, and (I believe, given the chosen stories told) there was no one individual nor company of men that fought in every major battle throughout the war. Thus, we end up with three characters--all Marines--that had over-lapping careers in combat.
    The scope of this part of the war alone does not allow for the same kind of character build that Band of Brothers had, and furthermore the war in the Pacific was significantly more costly and grizzly than the European one entirely. In the Pacific, we're fighting for islands with cave systems. One amphibious land invasion at a time.
    It's brutal, it's honest, and it really makes you question the price that is paid to fight wars.
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  5. Aug 19, 2014
    8
    Less ambitious than Band of Brothers, but a whole lot darker, The Pacific is both a tragic and important reminder of the individuals caughtLess ambitious than Band of Brothers, but a whole lot darker, The Pacific is both a tragic and important reminder of the individuals caught between an international armed conflict and the home they yearn to see again. Expand
  6. Aug 7, 2010
    7
    Band of Brothers is clearly a very tough act to follow. The Pacific is not nearly as good, in part because it follows three different "leadBand of Brothers is clearly a very tough act to follow. The Pacific is not nearly as good, in part because it follows three different "lead characters", and you don't get that intimate connection that you did with the company in BoB. For some reason, I was also more interested in the stories told by the actual vets in BoB. But beyond just the entertainment value, these are amazing individuals who put their lives on the line for the rest of us. I appreciate the historical document. Expand
  7. Jan 8, 2013
    2
    Bad acting, great special effects, and the story of the Marines in the Pacific Theater could be told by 5th graders and still be fascinating.Bad acting, great special effects, and the story of the Marines in the Pacific Theater could be told by 5th graders and still be fascinating. However, and for whatever reason, the director decided to make the characters so cliche and the writers went waaay out of their way to try to exclude or minimize everything Army, and if that wasn't good enough, decided they needed to throw in a few poorly written jabs as well. Obviously done in poor taste and there's not enough story to hold the narrative together as the characters get lost in the jumble and then sweeping boring lulls. Skip this one, stick to Band of Brothers. Expand

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