Now here are two movies worth seeing even though 1917 is somewhat unbelievable.
Danger Close is the true story of a major battle fought in Viet Nam in 1966 by the Australian Army. The movie is very accurate compared to the book I had read many years ago. The battle scenes are well done and the uniforms and weapons depicted at that time was also accurate. There is one true scene which has been the subject of debate ever since. When one platoon was running out of ammunition, two helicopters volunteered to drop crates. When over the target the pilots rolled the helicopter to the side and all the boxes came crashing down. It was getting dark and the soldiers had to drag the boxes. Incredibly, none of the ammunition had been preloaded in the appropriate clips and tired soldiers anticipating another attack had to fumble in the dark loading up.There had been plenty of time at camp to have loaded these clips. The artillery barrages were accurately depicted as compared with the book and that is what broke the VC`s attack. Well above average war flick.
“1917” I had difficulty with the premise of the movie. Two NCO´s are ordered as runners to deliver a critical message to a field commander halting a British attack during WW 1. Briton was one of the first Armies to deploy Marconi´s wireless radio before the First World War. The soldiers were ordered to travel 9 miles through no man´s land. With all of the resources the British had; could not there have been a better means to have deliver such an important order? There were so many discrepancies,like pouring milk in your canteen, messing around too much (time was of the essence), a shot down pilot obviously seriously injured stabbing a well armed soldier, the usual Germans cannot shoot straight scenario, but the good guys never miss and finally the James Bond Syndrome, nothing can stop me not even being grazed by a 8 millimetre bullet to the head.
The visual effect is excellent as well as the acting. The costumes were also accurately portrayed. I can recommend this loosely based true story, but it is hard to swallow.