The Thin Red Line ()

directed by Terrence Malick
featuring Sean Penn, Adrien Brody, James Caviezel, Ben Chaplin, George Clooney

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The return of director Terrence Malick to feature filmmaking after a twenty year sabbatical, this World War II drama is an elegiac rumination on man's destruction of nature and himself, based on James Jones' semi-autobiographical novel, his follow-up to From Here to Eternity. James Caviezel stars as Private Witt, a deserter living in peace and harmony with the natives of a Pacific island paradise. Captured by the Navy, Witt is debriefed by a senior officer (Sean Penn) and returned to an active duty unit preparing for what ...

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Feb 8, 2008

If I were Oscar...

War is ugly but Terrence Malick has created a masterpiece, with conscience, about the physical and moral reality of American soldiers sent to the Battle of Guadalcanal. Sean Penn and Jim Caviezel lead a brilliant ensemble cast, the two often at odds with each other, in this beautifully filmed ode to man?s assault on the natural world, and each other, and the consequences of such actions. (Malick?s ?The New World? presents the same issues.) Enemies, battles, bombs, guns are all present but wrapped within the musings of soul-searching soldiers and a gorgeous soundtrack, courtesy Hans Zimmer. Terrence Malick has proved not all war movies need to be ?action? films. Truly the best film of 1998.

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