Paul Verhoeven's offbeat World War II epic avoids being a stodgy historical exercise with a bold streak of raucous, youthful energy. The broad scope and weighty running time can be cumbersome at times, but its a strong and stylish film, full of memorable moments and a fresh take on the historical epic. Great score by Rogier van Otterloo.
A strangely off-kilter film, pitched halfway between aspirations of a serious WWII epic and an adolescent desire to fit in as many squibs and boobs as possible. Still, you can't deny Verhoeven's skill as a filmmaker: the way he uses the camera to tell a story is dynamic, fluid, and controlled in ways that Kurosawa should be proud of.