The history of one of the largest and most strategically important naval battles in the Pacific Ocean of World War II. After the defeat of most of the US fleet at Pearl Harbor by Japanese aircraft, America, which had remained neutral, entered the war. In June 1942, the remnants of the American fleet, under the command of Admiral Chester Nimitz, battle the Imperial Navy of Japan at Midway Atoll.
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The events of the film “Midway”, tell about the events that occurred in 1942 after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. These events in the film are given a little time and they act as a catalyst for everything that happened next. After the attack on the US military base, the Americans carried out their counter-attack, which was carried out by Lt. Col. James Doolittle. In this film, he was played by Aaron Eckhart, and in Pearl Harbor by Michael Bay, Alec Baldwin.
The picture tells about one of the key episodes of the war in the ocean, when Japan, after a sudden attack on Pearl Harbor, decided to attack Midway Atoll in order to neutralize the US forces on the water.
However, as a result of the effective work of American intelligence, the states managed to not only reveal the enemys cards, but also deliver a crushing blow, forcing the Japanese to retreat to their shores.
The film was shot by Roland Emmerich, who this time presented not an epoch-destroying movie, but a military historical drama telling about an event that changed the tactics and strategy of conducting military operations on the water. Already after the events of 1942, it became clear that aircraft carriers would take on the first roles in the Pacific Ocean, which would allow attacking enemy ships without approaching them and shooting them using airplanes.
Being a large-scale project, Midway acquired a strong budget of $ 100 million, so Emmerich was able to play well at entertainment. The graphics are at a high level, the battle scenes and especially the air battles are worked out perfectly, and global scenes, for example with flaming ships, are implemented very effectively.
Due to the fact that the film tells about a large military operation, it would be foolish to believe that here one or two or three key figures will be in the spotlight. There are a lot of characters and itÂs not always possible to identify who is who and what commands, but these are the costs of the theme chosen by the director. It is impossible to show one admiral or ace pilot in a film about a major battle, having forgotten about the commander, about the head of intelligence or about who commanded the fleet. In this case, a large number of actors is the need to control the course of the war, have a backup option and act in concert – like a team.
In the case of Midway, as well as with the same Pearl Harbor or any other war film (remember our five-episode epic ÂLiberation – how many heroes were there!) A large number of characters take place. Someone like Aaron Eckhart, who played Lieutenant Colonel Doolittle or Dennis Quaid, who played the role of Admiral William “Buffalo” Halsey, received much less screen time compared to the heroes of Luke Evans or Ed Skrein. But their presence was necessary so that the viewer did not have the feeling that a couple of pilots were key figures in the battle for Midway Atoll.
In addition to the aforementioned actors, Woody Harelson, Patrick Wilson, Nick Jonas, Mandy Moore, Alexander Ludwig and Tadanobu Asano were also involved here.
I used to be somewhat critical of some military foreign films, especially those that talk about the participation of the same Americans in World War II somewhere in Europe. However, now the understanding has come that both for us the Great Patriotic War, or any other, as well as any war of the USA or any other country, is, as in our case, part of their history.
Films about the war are being released in Russia, the Americans have their own views on certain specific events, and the very Japan has completely different ones. After all, if you take the same ÂPearl Harbor and ÂMidway – this is an interpretation of events from the United States, and after all, Japan has its own movie on this subject – ÂAttack on Pearl Harbor, filmed in 2011 and telling about the admiral Yamamoto and shedding light on his figure from a slightly different angle …
Although Roland EmmerichÂs film is not without various template moments, such as speeches in memory of a deceased comrade, dialogues between a husband and wife when He promises her to return home or episodes with the airy courage of soldiers, it turned out to be quite good. In some places, dramatic, in some places bravado, cinema saturated with scenes with hostilities, seemed to be a really good military historical drama, and it turned out to be such a reality.
However, watch you. I do not impose my opinion on anyone.
Codec: HEVC / H.265
Resolution: Native 4K (2160p)
HDR: Dolby Vision + HDR10
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1
English: Dolby Atmos
English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: Dolby Digital 2.0
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
Note: DD 2.0 = Late night audio track.
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