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Old July 17th, 2005, 02:02 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by Mike Teutsch
Very poor choice of words on my part! I just meant to say that there weren't enough bombs going off with tons of special effects etc.
Oh, now I see your meaning. Yes, not every film can have the scope of "Star Wars III" or even "Saving Private Ryan". I myself prefer a smaller film that has more opportunity for providing understanding and insight than a loud, brash film that is pretty to watch the first time but doesn't stay in your head.

Another thought hit me while I was in getting ready for my day. I think films like "Tears of the Sun" are more comforting than they are provocative. Your statement regarding how it is more about the psychology of the soldier versus the political is telling. For one, making it about elite soldiers already makes it much different than say, a film about National Guardsmen patrolling a Baghdad slum. Elite soldiers are just that, they are the best of the best, etc., and presumably also have more highly focused professionalism, attitudes, patriotism than someone who doesn't want to be in that situation. This is why the best war movies have some or a lot of elements of internal conflict. Vietnam movies are the most common example. Soldiers who have to fight to survive and to keep their friends alive, but in their soul question why they are in the fight to begin with. These are much more interesting because they have an extra level of conflict. This is more telling to some in the audience who are at their roots also questioning their own purpose in life. For those who seek an affirmation or escape, however, they may seek a more simpler, affirming message. All is good, or 'this fight is a good one', for example.
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Old July 17th, 2005, 02:16 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by Keith Loh
I think films like "Tears of the Sun" are more comforting than they are provocative.
I think you hit the nail on the head there! Also regarding the graphic nature of the film, it is necessary to the plot, and not excessive. And, not done just to satisfiy those who seek it out.

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