Their next target: Midway Island. | Rating: 2/5, October 21, 2004 © 2020 CBS Interactive Inc. All rights reserved. 3/5 - Good. Of course we all could have done without the romantic interest, but what counts is the overall telling of the story accurately (even if that includes sideline dramatizations etc.).

Perhaps this film's being so much shorter than others of its type is instrumental in the final product's feeling tight enough to not stand as too great of a challenge to one's patience, but alas, at about two hours and a quarter, this film is still way too blasted long, meandering alone with repetitious dialogue and action set pieces, and even getting a tad overwrought with its plot layering. That might be the smart play commander. Mind you, it's still 132 minutes long for no good reason, but that's still less than "midway" to the five-hour runtime that "The Longest Day" felt like it had.

There's a potential to this ambitious story concept, and this film explores it about as much as any of this type, but, as we've seen in "The Longest Day", "A Bridge Too Far", "Battle of the Bulge", and so on and so forth, the reliance on dramatically slim military babble, followed by exhaustingly extensive action threatens compellingness with a thinness that shouldn't go drawn out, yet typically is. Two US aircraft carrier task groups are sent to Midway, resulting in the one of the most important battles in history. The selected clip is currently unabled to be loaded. MIDWAY's best action sequence is the bombing run on Tokyo during the opening credits, which is lifted wholly from the black-and-white film THIRTY | Rotten (8). Universal Pictures, October 23, 2004 |, May 4, 2012 Yeah, sorry about that anachronism which is so great that the song is somehow not even as old as this film. Once again, it all ultimately comes down to the subtle strengths that go a long way in making this a thoroughly interesting and grippingly tense war drama which ultimately rewards, albeit barely, yet nonetheless decisively. SECONDS OVER TOKYO, tinted in red for insertion in this color more. That's only sort of worked up until now, but here, you do have to at least give this film credit for not being, like, three hours long for no good reason.

You're almost there! | Rating: 2.5/4 In a nutshell Midway was a gamble and even though we knew where they'd be, we still took it on the chin with the loss of most of the aircraft and the Yorktown (which left only 2 effective carriers in the pacific and 1 in drydock). But will it happen? | Rating: 3/5, "Woah, we're midway there, woah, livin' on a prayer"! You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin.

Just confirm how you got your ticket. Adventure, Certificate: M They soon discover that Adm. Yamamoto (Toshirô Mifune) plans an ambush of the U.S. base on the island of Midway. Please enter your email address and we will email you a new password. This 10-digit number is your confirmation number.

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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.

The script is confusing and messy, with attention exclusively paid to the strategic problems of both sides, and its development is crude, dry, and boring. | Rating: 4/5, October 7, 2004 May 1941. grantss. This film uses a lot of actual battle footage. Coming Soon. I can't help but think that a certain amount of entertainment value was sacrificed for the sake of historical accuracy. A dramatization of the battle that was widely heralded as a turning point of the Pacific Theatre of World War II. Copyright © Fandango. Your AMC Ticket Confirmation# can be found in your order confirmation email.

After the Doolittle Raid Japan aims to expand its territory in the Pacific, to make such raids less likely. Use the HTML below. | Rating: 2/5, June 4, 2004 Capt. [Midway] builds up a lot of tension about that battle, but delivers nothing new.

Was this review helpful to you? Forgot your password? To make an uninvolving movie out of one of the most decisive battles of the Second World War may seem a dubious challenge, but there's no denying Universal their full credit in meeting it. So quit knocking it and enjoy it for what it is! The image is an example of a ticket confirmation email that AMC sent you when you purchased your ticket. Coming Soon. Tora! An expensive war epic, Midway emulates The Longest Day and Tora! Verified reviews are considered more trustworthy by fellow moviegoers. In this dramatization of the Battle of Midway during World War II, U.S. Navy Adm. Chester Nimitz (Henry Fonda) leads an outnumbered unit in the Pacific to break Japanese encryption codes. Download the TV Guide app for iPhone, iPad and Android! It doesn't matter that the special effects were less than stellar (e.g., view of the fleet from the sealevel - obvious miniatures) or that they showed Essex class carriers which did not yet exist getting hit by kamikaze. We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

Blow by blow recital of the facts of the famous WWII Pacific sea battle delivered by faces you know and love makes for a cozy history lesson. [Full Review in Spanish]. The film is true in its depictions of gambles, gaffs, and good fortune which in the end allowed us to be victorious and end Japanese expansion. |, July 18, 2019 You'd figure that a narrative revolving around extensive military strategizing which ultimately comes down to an extended combat segment would be unique, but, as I've said time and again, it's been done time and again, by underwhelming mishandlings of overambition, and yet, it's still intriguing and promising, and actually pulled off here, largely because of the intelligent direction, and charismatic acting, and largely because of a script by Donald S. Sanford that, for all its bloatings, conventions and inconsistencies, actually finds that balance between tight, yet extensive military realism - colored up by some snappy, if typical dialogue - and genuine, if overblown characterization that has been missing out of potentially rewarding war films of this type. If History Asserts Itself, Hollywood And Its Film Academy Will Rise To The Coronavirus Fight, John Ford movies: 20 greatest films ranked worst to best, Alternate Storylines for Famous Films - Part IV, Naval Air Station Point Mugu, Point Mugu, California, USA. There are few surprises here, yet the feature remains dependably engaging and charmingly acted, helping the production hurdle a few questionable artistic choices as it attempts to resurrect history over 30 years after the fact. The events of D-Day, told on a grand scale from both the Allied and German points of view. Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist. Tora! Coming Soon. 61 of 75 people found this review helpful. In the end, through all of the contrived occasions and many conventions to a somewhat dramatically thin story concept whose interpretation is extremely overdrawn and convoluted in its focal inconsistencies, excellent technical proficiency and action, flashy direction, charismatic performances and a mostly narratively and thematically tight script render Jack Smight's "Midway" a surprisingly rewarding military battle epic that intrigues and entertains thoroughly. MIDWAY centers on the Battle of Midway, a clash between the American fleet and the Imperial Japanese Navy which marked apivotal turning point in the Pacific Theater during WWII. Well, I suppose this move has worked out, because, wow, this is surprisingly good, although, like its predecessors, it drags its feet at least enough to pick up some issues somewhere along the way. In 1940, the British Royal Air Force fights a desperate battle to prevent the Luftwaffe from gaining air superiority over the English Channel as a prelude to a possible Axis invasion of the U.K. War movies used to have dash and color and a certain corny sentimentality; Midway hardly even makes us care.

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They won't be able to see your review if you only submit your rating. Despite a crowded cast of famous actors, this WW II adventure falls flat because of its claustrophobic sets, cliche dialog, and hackneyed story. In the end we were lucky enough to be able to inflict sufficiently more damage on them than they did on us. Photo Credits: Netflix; Pop TV; Robert Viglasky, Hartswood Films; Fred Hayes/Disney+, Fox, PopTV; Bettina Strauss/Netflix; Nicole Rivelli/Amazon, Netflix, Frank Masi/Apple, Disney, Jasper Savage/Hulu; Diyah Pera/CW, Donald Trump vs. Joe Biden Presidential Debates: Everything to Know, Joe Biden's Town Hall Beats Donald Trump's in Ratings, What to Watch on Netflix Top 10 Rankings on October 16. Charlton Heston at his restrained yet forceful best. Regal Operation Market Garden, September 1944: The Allies attempt to capture several strategically important bridges in the Netherlands in the hope of breaking the German lines. This film is so old that it features Charlton Heston... Henry Fonda, James Coburn, Glenn Ford, Hal Holbrook, Robert Mitchum, Cliff Robertson, Robert Wagner, Toshiro Mifune and, if you can actually find him in this sea of faces that are recognizable without moustaches, Tom Selleck. In 1941, following months of economic embargo, Japan prepares to open its war against the United States with a preventive attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor. Get the freshest reviews, news, and more delivered right to your inbox! | Rating: 3/5, September 3, 2003