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'Midway' review: Edge-of-the-seat action shots will keep you engrossed

The drama highlights conflict among the soldiers and their families after attack on Pearl Harbour.

ET Bureau|
Updated: Nov 11, 2019, 01.09 PM IST
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Director Roland Emmerich’s new film aims to educate its viewers about this battle, and it intends to do so while entertaining them as well.
Director Roland Emmerich’s new film aims to educate its viewers about this battle, and it intends to do so while entertaining them as well.
Film: Midway
Genre: History
Rating:
Director: Roland Emmerich
Cast: Luke Evans,Patrick Wilson,Mandy Moore,Ed Skrein,Nick Jonas
The attack on Pearl Harbour is a famous event that has gone down in history. But little is known about the incidents immediately following that. Especially the Battle of Midway, which took place about six months after Japan’s attack on the Pearl Harbour naval base. Director Roland Emmerich’s new film aims to educate its viewers about this battle, and it intends to do so while entertaining them as well.

Emmerich has managed to infuse the film with a generous dose of drama, and several edge-of-the-seat action shots, especially air strikes, torpedoes, and exploding battleships, all of which keep you engrossed.

There is also drama highlighting conflict among the soldiers, their families, their leaders. This makes for a long and verbose film, but it also ensures that viewers understand the complex nature of a battle and the strategies used.

Among the cast, Skrein stands out as Lieutenant Richard Best, while Wilson is a steady presence as the Lieutenant Commander in charge of countering enemy strategies. Jonas plays the young aviation machinist Mate Bruno Gaido, and looks the part too.

It’s not only the American perspective seen on screen here; even the Japanese Army gets generous screen time. And although this takes a further toll on the runtime, one is better off getting the other side of things.


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