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|Genre:||War Movie, Action|
|Production country:||USA 2019|
|Running time:||Ca. 139 min.|
|Rated:||From 16 years|
On December 07, 1941, the U.S. was drawn into World War II when the Japanese attacked the Pearl Harbor naval base, killing over 2000 Americans. The resulting Pacific War enters a decisive round in a battle at the remote Midway Islands. From June 4 to June 7, 1942, the numerically weakened US Navy and Air Force faces an opponent who appears to be superior in every respect. But by clever tactics and an unbelievable determination the Imperial Japanese Navy is to be defeated. A merciless fight for freedom begins…
With "Midway" director Roland Emmerich presents a great war film, which - as one is accustomed to from the filmmaker - primarily scores on a visual level. Anyone who has already discovered parallels to Michael Bay's "Pearl Harbor" in the trailer will very quickly confirm his impression here. As with Bay, the action is bombastically implemented, while dramaturgically there is a lot of hapering at all corners and ends. The script is full of clichés and dialogues that can hardly be beaten in flatness. It doesn't matter if they are performed by rather averagely talented actors like the extremely colourless Ed Skrein or by top-class actors like Woody Harrelson or Dennis Quaid, they always sound terrible.
One could now credit Emmerich with telling the story not only from the point of view of the Americans. But those who now expect real differentiation and believe that the film is not a song of praise for American patriotism are mistaken. The whole thing is simply extremely one-dimensional in every respect. Surely, especially the great air battle in the last act has some very stirring moments. But that's just not enough to make a good movie out of this, which also has a certain sense. Such a one is not really recognizable here either.
Emmerich is really well suited for big entertainment cinema and has already delivered a lot of fun blockbusters. But when he tries to show a little more profundity, he usually fails because of the scripts. This was the case with "Stonewall" and it is also the case with "Midway" again. It's a film that's okay with the craftsmanship, but that no one really needs. Only very conditionally worth seeing!
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