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1.0 out of 5 stars Missed Opportunity!, 1 Feb. 2010
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This review is from: Passchendaele [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
The only good thing about this film is really the odd cinematic scene recreating images of Ypres during the first world war which have become iconic images down the ages: particularly the scene of the winding duckboard through the muddy morass and denuded wood aound Ypres; also the famous image of the line of fully laden Tommies trapsing in silhouette over a darkened battlefield - to who knows where? Otherwise the story is pure Hollywood romantic/hero rubbish. None of the characters are convincing and the plot, well, laughable. You could forgive all this though had it not been for the ridiculous "crucified Canadian" scene at the end. This had been set up earlier in the film when the hero had denied the atrocity story of the crucified Canadian in 1915 really occured since shellfire can really throw a body up into all sorts of crazy attitudes. So, when such a shell blast throws his chum into such an attitude - as if crucifed before the German trenches - our hero leaves his muddy shell hole to bring him in. The German defenders refrain from firing on the detemined hero as he lifts the body, macabre cricufix attached, and drags it back to his lines - or should we say his Calvary? Oh well, a missed opprotunity to make a worthwhile film of an important and terrible event in the first world war. The real Passchendaele battle was truly horrific as visiting the white headstoned cemeteries in Flanders can make you imagine. Those who fell were real heroes - and victims - and they don't need this silly Hollywood tale to be how they should be remembered.
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