The Thin Red Line (1998) (mini-review++)

thin.jpg(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)

(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)

acting 7

directing 7

effects 8

editing 6

writing 6


3.5 out of 5 🐙


This feels like Terrence Malick’s version of Platoon. And Platoon, of course, can be argued to be Oliver Stone’s version of X. And so on and so on. And there’s nothing particularly wrong with that. It’s not like there will ever be a lack of fascination about war or lack of stories within a war, particularly a war as important as World War II. But the story with this and Platoon have very similar themes: war warps men. The details are vastly different. The directing styles are night and day. The eras represent the battle between idealism and cynicism. But in the end, this feels like a beautiful looking examination of the horrors of war but it feels too scattershot. The message is lost in the mess that is war and maybe that’s the point.







(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.

(2) Octopuses (0-5 🐙, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)

(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feeling…not that SW score is scientific…but this one is even less so

(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)


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