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Pearl Harbor (Two-Disc 60th Anniversary Commemorative Edition) (2001)

1 rating: -3.0
Action & Adventure, Drama, and Military & War movie directed by Michael Bay

To callPearl Harbora throwback to old-time war movies is something of an understatement. Director Michael Bay's epic take on the bombing that brought the United States into World War II hijacks every war movie situation and cliché (some affectionate, … see full wiki

Director: Michael Bay
1 review about Pearl Harbor (Two-Disc 60th Anniversary...

A movie which will live in infamy! (couldn't resist, sorry!)

  • Sep 27, 2007
Let me say at the outset that there is nothing good about this movie. Nothing. The history is unbelievably awful, the acting is terrible, the writing is exceptionally poor, and the directing is Michael Bay at his most prefunctory (ie: lots of things get blowed up real good to the sounds of stirring, patriotic music while alleged plot happens in the background).

If there's ever trials held for Cinematic Crimes Against Humanity, I'll be happy to testify for the prosecution on this film. All you really need to know about this film is that it's brought to us by the same people who crapped another cinematic turd onto our screens, Armageddon.

In this movie, we learn that Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor as a way of causing romantic problems for our three main characters. Oh, there's some nonsense about them doing it for oil, but that's just window dressing. We also learn that, in fact, FDR had no problem drawing people's attention to his disability to make a political point! Well, actually, he went out of his way to hide it, but who cares? This is a Michael Bay movie! History optional!

It's so sad, too, cause the REAL history of Pearl Harbor is VERY interesting, and could make for a really good movie (it did, too. It was called Tora! Tora! Tora!, and is far better). This film is basically an insult to the survivors of the raid. Heck, it's even an insult to the Japanese who attacked the harbor!

Roger Ebert called this movie, "A two hour film inflated to three hours", which was pretty accurate. The amount of actual story in this film (at least the amount that's worth paying attention to), is nearly non-existant.

In one funny side note, both in "Pearl Harbor" and "Tora! Tora! Tora!", Yamamoto makes a comment about waking a sleeping giant. The funny part? The line was never uttered by the real man and was made up for "Tora!..." by a screen writer. It was then used in "Pearl Harbor". Thanks, movie, for reminding me of a better film I could be watching. Always helpful.

Unless you wish to burden your soul by seeing all the collected works of Michael Bay, you should avoid this movie at all costs. If you DO wish to burden your soul by seeing all the collected works of Michael Bay, you should seek therapy.

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