THE PACIFIC, a ten episode HBO series just begun, promises to be much more than many expected. It is, of course, the true story of the battle for the Pacific theater from December 8, 1941 on and features the Marine Corps battles against the Japanese for this important stage of World War II. The writers and directors and actors take great pains to show both sides of the conflict: there is the expected use of expletives and pejoratives against the Japanese, but at the same time there is meaningful time spent with the frightened and sorrowful looks in the eyes of the Marines who are killing the Japanese 'like a turkey shoot' - especially in one scene where the lone surviving Japanese soldier (Yoshi Ando) stands against the marines, wounded and crying until out of pity a Marine shoots to kill him, releasing him from the tragedy of war. It is a purgative moment.
The banks of Australia make for good backgrounds as the Marines land on Guadalcanal and the fighting that follows is played with suspense and then horror. But all along the progress of the film we are introduced to the personalities of these young kids who were fighting for their homeland. One image that will remain in the viewer's mind throughout this series is the set of maps of the world behind the de-briefing officer: all of Europe on the Atlantic side of America is colored red with the Nazi swastika symbol while the Pacific side is covered with the advancing red and yellow fag of the Japanese. America looks very small in the middle and makes us remember why the country felt so attacked during that particular war. it is a sobering memory.
THE PACIFIC has a cast of mostly unknown actors (except for star Jon Seda) but with the faces of men like Joshua Biton, Joseph Mazzelo, Toby Leonard Moore, Jon Bernthal, Tom Budge, James Badge Dale, Ashton Homes and Jacob Pitts among many others theses actors will likely join the ranks of those who played n the similar European front in BAND OF BROTHERS. From all indication this will be a very heady series and one that will burn in the minds of viewers for a long time. Grady Harp, March 10
As production values go, this show has everything in abundance. It even puts most motion pictures to shame. Pitty it didn't have a script that was of the same value. In fact it failed badly in so many ways that I have no interest in buying the set, regardless of collecting War Movies in general. Comparison with Band of Brothers is unavoidable and also highlights its failiure. In BoB it is Easy Company that is the true central … more
Grady Harp is a champion of Representational Art in the roles of curator, lecturer, panelist, writer of art essays, poetry, critical reviews of literature, art and music, and as a gallerist. He has presented … more
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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 Peleliu, up the black sand terraces of Iwo Jima, through the killing fields of Okinawa, to the triumphant, yet uneasy, return home after V-J Day. The viewer will be immersed in combat through the intimate perspective of this diverse, relatable group of men pushed to the limit in battle both physically and psychologically against a relentless enemy unlike any encountered before.