The Thin Red Line (1998)
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It's amazing how director Terrence Malick manages to bring about a very lyrical way of portraying life and death. A unique war film, unlike others that are jingoistic. The applied technique of multiple narrations perfected the film, something that enables the audience to metaphorically hear both sides of the story. Not every soldier has a thirst for the enemy's blood, but not every soldier is as patriotic as another. Every man definitely fights his own war.
Meandering and self indulgent.
A rare inside look at war and battle from the hearts of men who lay their lives down in them. Beautiful cinematography and superb acting from a large and mostly underestimated cast, as some of the best performances come from relatively unknown actors. Both tragic and poetic, philosophical and gritty, but never preachy or complacent.
Some will be put off by the length but there's not a wasted scene.
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This movie ranks #55 in Berlin International Film Festival - Golden Bear
This movie ranks #79 in Empire's The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time
This movie ranks #85 in 101 War Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #148 in FOK!'s Film Top 250
This movie ranks #180 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
This movie ranks #180 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
This movie ranks #226 in Reddit Top 250
This movie ranks #418 in Academy Award - Best Picture Nominees
This movie ranks #618 in The Criterion Collection
This movie ranks #675 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #878 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
This movie ranks #922 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #955 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema