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The Thin Red Line 
The Thin Red Line review
4/4 stars

Viewing this movie again makes one appreciate the brilliance and intent of T. Malick. "There's just one. Just this rock...Are you loved by all?...Does our ruin benefit the earth?" The picture is not only about war, but also life in general. It's story revolves mainly on U.S. Army Private Witt (Jim Caviezel), First Sergeant, Welsh (Sean Penn), Lieutenant Colonel Tall (Nick Nolte) and Captain Staros (Elias Koteas). Sensational voice overs, electrifying performances, meaningful premise, a haunting score and elegant direction were present. The burning orange skies, colorful parrots, glimmering rays of the sun piercing thru trees of the jungle, water flowing from waterfalls are some of the picturesque scenery's that depicts nature's beauty against the horrors of a grotesque war.

It boasts one of the most realistic and intense battle sequences on screen. Clever screenplay produced so many thought-provoking lines: Witt - "We can't all be smart." Sgt. Welsh - "In this world a man himself is nothing." "We're living in a world that's blowing itself to hell as fast as everybody can arrange it." "Property!" Col. - "It'll cost lives." "Nature's cruel, Staros." The picture depicts loneliness/pessimism (Welsh), compassion (Staros), optimism (Witt), leadership (Tall), death, infidelity, religion and bravery. Gritty, mesmerizing, entertaining and poetic all rolled into one, The Thin Red Line embodies it majestically and flawlessly. A classic in its own right.


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memento_mori

memento_mori- wrote on 08/09/13 at 05:51 PM CT

 

You said it. That's exactly what Malick intended. It's a powerful picture that's so much more than a war movie. God I love this film.

 
 
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