Dwight D. Eisenhower (a hard to recognise, bald Tom Selleck), Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces during World War Two, had the unenviable task of strategically planning and green-lighting the D-Day invasion. Encountering such legends as Churchill and the eccentric General Patton on the way, 'Ike: Countdown To D-Day' gives us a workman-like account of all the factors put before Eisenhower before he made his historical decision to authorize the invasion. Selleck is on great form as the big general, agonizing over oddly-critical weather reports and excessive troop depletion reports (at least 7 out of 10 of the soldiers parachuting into the D-Day battle were expected to perish). He humanizes the military man and fills him with a rugged charisma that commands the loyalty of his subordinates and the cannon fodder. Most of all, his composure remains a calming influence as, during the course of the film, D-Day draws closer and closer. As you can probably tell, it's Selleck's film and whether you're a fan of his or merely interested in this film because it deals with WWII, I would highly recommend it either way. It's a solid, character driven film showing with great competency the men in the room and the planning behind the guts, gore, explosions and horror of that Normandy beachfront.