3.7 Impressive adventure/war yarn from the last days of Old Hollywood. Surely, Robert Wise was the right man to handle that kind of film. It looks authentic and is devoid of false sentiment. The photography is first rate all the way. (It´s also pretty slow, to be honest.)
If you see it politically, this is a hint, a prologue to the Vietnam War. If you see it technically, the shooting was a major challange due to weather conditions. If you see it artistically, there is Holman, who wants to make his job the best way he can, who mistrusts authority, who is in charge, when it matters most and who is surrounded by racism, incompetence and bullshit. Great Steve McQueen in a great movie.
bloated film. Every scene and sequence is double as long as it should be; filled with long speeches and meaningless engineering scenes. Little to no cinematic power going on here. Robert Wise disappoints for sure. McQueen is good but to no end. Seems prescient of Vietnam but in the simplest possible way. Def surprised I didn't fall asleep during the 200minutes - hence 2 stars (New Bev - 35mm Roadshow print)
Just watched this picture again and it is still TERRIFIC! If you watch it be sure to get the biggest screen you can (and the loudest sound)... you won't be sorry! As a matter of fact I put a bunch of other films shot in Panavision on hold at the library. Gonna have me a Panavision Festival!