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Cinema and the war - Movies supportive of the war


 

Long reviews of pro-war movies

Honourable mention

Pro-war allegory - 300

Movies against the war

List of movie "bad guys"


Cinema - Movies supportive of the war

Cinema and the war discussed Hollywood's failure to cover the modern War on Islamism, the great story of our age.

Here I discuss the small number of movies supportive of the war effort. I have moved some long reviews to a separate page.




"This is Sparta!" (Israel mix)





Long reviews of pro-war movies (separate page)




Further movies about the war

  1. World Trade Center (2006)
    • This was directed by the America-bashing leftist Oliver Stone.
    • And yet, incredibly, he does not bring his stupid politics into this movie. It is a fine piece of filmmaking, capturing the heroism both of the Port Authority police officers and of their rescuers. I never thought I'd say it, but well done, Oliver Stone.

  2. American Soldiers: A Day In Iraq (2005).
    • I'm not sure if this should be here. I'm not sure if this is a pro-war or anti-war movie. On the one hand, the American soldiers are saints and heroes. On the other hand, the politics suck.
    • One American soldier asks why the jihadists are fighting them. His comrade explains by saying something like: "Imagine if Iraqi troops were in Miami. No one likes to be occupied." But this assumes that Miami was formerly under the control of a genocidal dictator like Saddam. In which case foreign troops that removed the dictator would be quite welcome.
    • A captured jihadist explains that he is fighting for revenge, because his family died in an American bombing. This is ridiculous. Jihadists do not fight for such reasons. They fight because of religious mania, not because of suffering.
    • One American soldier asks: "What are we fighting for?" His superior could explain that it is to stop the satanic jihadists taking over Iraq and carrying out a genocide of the Shia and Christians and Kurds. But he does not. He agrees they are fighting for nothing except survival. Great morale booster!
    • So maybe it's an anti-war movie. But in any case, the main memory is that, regardless of politics, it is a terrible, poorly-made B-movie with poor acting and plot, and ludicrous fight scenes. Avoid.

  3. SEAL Team VI (2008). I haven't seen this yet.

  4. Zero Dark Thirty (2012), about the killing of Bin Laden. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow.
    • Perfectly ok, but not as good as I thought it would be. In fact, really just an average film.
    • Mainly because it failed to show the other side (Al Qaeda). It showed the unpleasant and tedious work to find Bin Laden, and the raid on his house was great, but Al Qaeda was a ghost. It would have been much better to show Bin Laden and Al Qaeda, and what they believe in and what they do. Because to know them and understand them is to want them destroyed. Not showing them meant there was little sense of justice when that evil bastard was killed. It stripped the film of drama.

  5. Lone Survivor (2013). About Operation Red Wings in Afghanistan in 2005.
    • Not as good as I thought it would be. Shied away, like other "pro-war" movies, from describing who the enemies are and what they stand for. Instead it was just action and survival.
    • Note the target Ahmad Shah was eventually killed in 2008.



 

Trailer for Act of Valor (2012). US Navy SEALs movie.




Honourable mention

  1. The James Bond film, Die Another Day (2002). The enemy is the communist genocide state of North Korea. Braver than most Hollywood movies. And it made the North Korean butcher, film fan Kim Jong-il, "furious". Well done.

  2. Tears of the Sun (2003). Haven't seen it yet. Sounds good. The bad guys are rebels in Nigeria. They are identified as Muslim, but whether they are really Islamists I don't know.

  3. Osama (2003) apparently shows the oppression of the Taliban. I haven't seen it yet.

  4. Behind Enemy Lines II (2006). The enemy is North Korea.

  5. The Lives of Others (2006) - A real, serious film about communism.
    • Was it only 20 years ago? Hard to believe it was the 1980s. I was young and free, and I was on the Internet, and half of Germany was communist. It is hard to believe.

  6. 300 (2007) - Cracking, subversive stuff. The best movie since 9/11.

  7. The Kite Runner (2007). About Afghanistan. Not about the Americans (it's set before 2001), but rather about the Soviets and the Taliban.
    • Portrays the Soviet Red Army soldiers as rapists (which they were). Portrays America as the place free people escape to. Portrays the Taliban as sleazy child abusers. Proper order!
    • Apart from its great politics, it's just a really good film about friendship, racism, betrayal, guilt and redemption.
    • Libertas says it is "the first serious look from a major studio release at the brutality of our Islamofascist enemies, and more importantly, the very people we are so deperately hoping to liberate."

  8. The quality monster movie Cloverfield (2008). Very pro-military. The U.S. military are portrayed as brave and heroic, rushing forward to fight this monster as all the civilians run away. Right from the start, the U.S. military are the only hope to save the day. The civilians can't help at all. They can only hope the military win. At the end, a B-2 stealth bomber appears like an avenging angel, and when it drops its bombs you cheer with relief.

  9. The comic-book movie Iron Man (2008) features "terrorist" bad guys in Afghanistan. They look like jihadis, and have a staged pre-beheading scene on video, but it is never spelt out that they are jihadis. There is no mention of a war against the infidels or America. Rather, their motivation seems to be looting Afghan villages and acquiring better weapons. So I don't think it counts as a movie where the bad guys are Islamists. It's far too ambiguous.

  10. C'est dur d'être aimé par des cons (2008) ("It's Hard Being Loved By Jerks"), apparently a sensible French-language documentary about the Muhammad cartoons. The title is from another cartoon at the time, showing Mohammad holding his head in exasperation and uttering the above phrase.

  11. Indiana Jones 4 (2008). The bad guys are Soviet communists. Good stuff.

  12. An American Carol (also titled Big Fat Important Movie) (2008).
    • This is a comedy by David Zucker slagging off Michael Moore and the anti-American left.
    • I agree with its politics, but it just isn't funny.
    • It is possible to slag off the left and be funny. See Team America and South Park.

  13. Defiance (2008). Jewish partisan heroes kill Nazis in WW2. Great stuff. More of this kind of thing please!

  14. Dear John (2010) is apparently nicely pro-military.

  15. Sex and the City 2 (2010)

  16. The Way Back (2010). A rare depiction of the Soviet camps.

  17. Tomorrow, When the War Began (2010). Australia is faced with an Asian invasion. Like in 1942-43. It must be said it's a terrible film, though.

  18. Argo (2012), about the Iran hostage crisis of 1979-80.
    • Not a great film. Shows the struggle of our heroes to escape the Iranian regime. But does not really show the brutal nature of that regime. More "human interest story" than politics. In fact, in its intro it spends more time on the brutality of the Shah than on the far greater brutality of the Islamists.

  19. North Korean bad guys fail: Olympus Has Fallen (2013).
    • A North Korean terrorist attacks the White House. Good idea, but they fluffed it. He is not working for North Korea.
    • His motives are absurdly confused. His father was executed by North Korea. His mother was accidentally killed by "an American landmine" trying to escape from North Korea. And now he wants revenge on ... America? What? And he wants North Korea to totally triumph. What the hell? Makes no sense.
    • Also features the most incompetent US military and political leadership ever seen. I agree with the terrorists that the entire US military and political leadership in this film should be shot.
    • Negative reviews.





Rambo (2008) - not about the war, but about the brutal Burmese regime, so still braver than almost all films since 9/11.
Making the bad guys a foreign tyrannical government has become very rare in cinema.




Pro-war allegory - 300 (2007)

300 is not about the modern war, and yet is perhaps the best film for the times since 9/11. How they were allowed make this kind of film in the current stifling anti-war climate is hard to imagine.





The movie 300 (2007). Not about the modern war, and yet still perhaps the best movie relevant to the war since 9/11.
The ambassador from the tyranny of the Persian Empire says there is no need for the Persian Empire to exterminate all of the people of Sparta, if only they will submit to Persian rule. All they ask is: "A token of Sparta's submission to the will of Xerxes."
King of Sparta: "Submission ... That's a bit of a problem."
He refuses: "You threaten my people with slavery and death."
Persian ambassador: "This is blasphemy! This is madness!"
King of Sparta hurls ambassador to his death: "Madness? This .. is .. SPARTA!!"




300 box office and reception



300 made $450 m.
But is Hollywood listening?
From here.





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