But did anyone understand it? I don't care how "philosophical" it was, or how pretty the flowers on the island looked in contrast to the brutality of war. I know it was an anti-war statement (at least I imagine it was). But any "issue" movie still needs to have a coherent plot. It was virtually impossible to follow the strategy of the soldiers or frankly to care what was going on or to care about the characters. Most of the major actors in the movie had very few scenes (as though they wanted to pad their resumes with this film). In SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, for example, we saw the utter brutality of war, but we always knew what the soldiers were doing, where they were in relationship to each other, and we had a stake in their actions. In THIN RED LINE, we flat out have no idea what their military goal is, how they are working to achieve it and how it's going.
I think no critics were willing to say that the movie is actually too-long, boring, ploddingly paced (inexcusable for a war movie) and poorly acted by most.
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