Set during the Pacific War against the Japanese, this WW2 drama discerns between achieving one’s mission at any cost versus preserving the lives under one’s command and enforcing discipline through fear as opposed to mutual respect.
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This was supposed to be Charles Laughton's directorial follow-up to Night of the Hunter, but apparently the earlier film took too much out of him. Walsh stepped in, and there some interesting stuff, including some clear intimations of Malick's The Thin Red Line, but the whole thing's hampered by a dodgy script and mismatched casting.
Un réalisme d'une vérité impitoyable, rehaussé par des qualités esthétiques indéniables, rend ce film spectaculaire et hautement dérangeant. A tout point de vue, un chef-d'oeuvre sur l'absurdité de la guerre, en forme de violente dénonciation... www.cinefiches.com