Midway

Midway

Blu-ray Disc - 2020
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Centers on the Battle of Midway, a clash between the American fleet and the Imperial Japanese Navy which marked a pivotal turning point in the Pacific Theater during WWII. The film, based on the real-life events of this heroic feat, tells the story of the leaders and soldiers who used their instincts, fortitude, and bravery to overcome the odds.
Publisher: [Universal City, CA] : Universal, [2020]
Edition: Blu-ray widescreen version.
Characteristics: 1 Blu-ray disc (138 min.) :,sound, color ;,12 cm.
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JCLHeatherM Mar 24, 2020

When I watch a film and I am really engrossed in the project, I lose track of time, I do not think about how much longer the movie is. When I watched 'Midway' I checked at least three different times to see how much longer the movie was because it was dragging along and I did not feel invested with the characters. The story itself (if told well) is technically fascinating: Midway was a turning point in the Pacific Theater of World War II (six months after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor - we do get to hear snippets of Roosevelt's speech). But the film did plod along, shining during combat moments that were sprinkled throughout the film. Many of the US Navy sailors looked the same, acted the same, and talked the name (and not, in my opinion, the genuine dialect of the era), so it was hard to care about who was who when there were so many faces with so little character development and they all seem to be carbon copies of each other. The final scene of the movie gives updates on the actual Navy sailors, which had more meaning and more punch than the rest of the film.

That being said, the film isn't terrible, it just isn't 'great', and it is worth a watch, but you can skip through chunks of it, watch the action and the ending, and still have a good experience.

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casoldier
Mar 14, 2020

my rating of this movie differ from others. While most of the movie was factually accurate, the audio was terrible and the bubba with the chewing gum was awful. Plus, if you watch the extras they show you how they built a fake plane and the fake was used and used until they wore it out.

If you really want to know the Midway story, read the Shattered Sword, Jonathan Parshall has the most accurate story of the battle from information from both sides of the fight. Also go on You Tube and do a search for Jonthan Parshall and you will get and learn about the battle.

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neilbjur
Mar 11, 2020

I enjoyed the movie and for the most part it was factually told. There were some omissions that I felt should have been in the film. I am a hopelessly military buff and these things bother me. The actual commander on site was Admiral Raymond Spruance and he made some tough decisions including the early launch of aircraft. He should have been given more credit in the film. Admiral Halsey was given much more attention in the movie and he wasn't there.

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hammer59
Mar 09, 2020

Outstanding! Now I wish I had seen it in the theater. Superior to the Academy Award nominees for Best Picture in my opinion.

ArapahoeTina Mar 09, 2020

A solid historical film that will satisfy the history-lover on family movie night. A little slow, but this film stays true to its subject matter and doesn't sacrifice facts to feed the Hollywood movie-making machine. Nick Jonas also has a small role which, according to my eleven-year-old daughter, was the film's one redeeming quality ;)

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jimg2000
Mar 08, 2020

For naval war actions and drama, suggest to watch Tora! Tora! Tora! which remains to be my favorite film on the battles on Pearl Harbor (December 7, 1941) and of Midway (4–7 June 1942) in the Pacific Theater of World War II. While I enjoyed this latest entry, the CGI and special effects are bit chaotic like Avengers: Endgame. The 1976 version is more informative, enjoyable and better actors. If time allows, Ben Affleck's 2001 romantic war drama is not bad for his fans.

Pearl Harbor (2001) - Ben Affleck, Kate Beckinsale, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jon Voight, and Alec Baldwin.

Midway (1976) - Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, James Coburn, Glenn Ford, Toshiro Mifune etc. etc...

Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) - Japanese-American docudrama directed by Richard Fleischer, Toshio Masuda and Kinji Fukasaku.

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MovieLover_47
Mar 05, 2020

This film has the worst heavy handed ham acting in any film I have seen for quite some time.
The CGI is not subtle nor particularly well done.
The one good thing is how they lay out the history leading up to the main battle.

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RobertC65
Mar 03, 2020

What an outstanding film! The story of Midway and the people that made history were perfectly portrayed by a star-studded cast, including musician Nick Jonas and TV's Luke Kleintank. This is the kind of film that should be included in History classes.

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raymontez
Mar 02, 2020

A must see and buy
Great movie action from start to finish.

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gordengibson
Feb 29, 2020

Anyone not liking this movie should be court-martialed. With a little dialogue, this movie is mostly action and special effects. It is more fact based than previous historical versions of the story I've seen. Except for the Pearl Harbor attack, the rest of the movie isn't as sanguine.

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ArapahoeTina Mar 31, 2020

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