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2.0 out of 5 stars Slow to watch and inaccurate., 19 Nov. 2011
This review is from: The Trench [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
I struggled through to the end of this film but I wouldn't bother to watch it again. Life in the Flanders trenches was hell on Earth - but this film seems to miss the opportunity to accurately portray the conditions. The bottom of the WW1 trenches were knee deep in mud, rats, body parts and all manner of detritus, yet the floors of the trenches in the film are clean and solid. The 'No Man's Land' beyond the trenches were devastated moonscapes of mud, barbed wire and shell craters - yet the film shows the area between the British and German trenches to be a green and open field. The bombardment of the enemy positions lasted for days and it was continuous and deafening for both sides - yet the massive bombardment before the first attack on the Somme is depicted in the film as occasional distant explosions. Indeed, the film has the artillery going silent the night before the attack enabling the soldiers to get their heads down for a good kip! In reality, when the soldiers 'went over the top' they had to make their way through mud, machine gun fire, shell fire, smoke and barbed wire - yet the film ends with them walking across the green field in clear view of the enemy and each other!

The other main feature of this film that I didn't like was the amount of swearing - primarily the almost continual use of the 'F' word. I'm 49 and a man of the world and I've probably heard most swear words there are but the amount of swearing in the film was tedious, inaccurate and unnecessary. It's not acceptable to argue that it's 'realistic' as this is not a documentary, nor did the average person 100 years ago use profanity to the same degree as today. In fact, I'm surprised the censor has given this film a '15' rating! Perhaps they consider it acceptable for the average 15-year old child to be exposed to this level of offensive language - but I'm afraid I don't! However, this amount of swearing is unacceptable to the general viewer, it detracts from the film, it's inaccurate and it's one of the reasons I won't sit through this again.

In general, this film was obviously an attempt to capture the atmosphere and conditions in the trenches just before 'going over the top' - but I'm afraid it missed the mark and failed to do that. It's inaccurate and all a bit of a drag.
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Initial post: 10 Jul 2013 20:36:58 BDT
Last edited by the author on 10 Jul 2013 20:41:03 BDT
Clio says:
You state that the film 'seems to miss the opportunity to accurately portray the conditions' yet even in the 34 Division sector (La Boiselle -which included the once fiercely contested Glory Hole) the grass was high and green on 1 July and the effects of war were deceptively masked. I only know one sector of the 18 mile Somme battlefield truly intimately but I do know it was never 'a moonscape of mud' on 1 July 1916. Parts had seen much scrapping but for the most partit was more scratched than scarred. Indeed if you study the attack made by the reserve Brigades of 34 Division you will soon see that they came under sustained machine gun fire long before they encountered even the British support trenches. Ternan's Book on the Tyneside Scottish contains photographs bearing this out.

I can understand a yearning for what you consider to be accurate mise en scene but given your am consequently bewildered by your revulsion towards to the portrayal of swearing in the trenches. I was privileged to know Reg Glen of the Sheffield Pals and a handful of veterans from the Tyneside Scottish and Irish. Their command of invective was something to behold and I somehow do not think they were exceptional in this regard. The language used in the film was mild in comparison.
All told, you either seek accuracy or you don't. You can't have it both ways
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