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original title: USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage
duration: 2h 8min
tags: Based on a true story of survival.
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The end shows the actual people and the people who portrayed them. My guess is that the enlisted men stories were dramatizations. Nicolas Cage was perhaps not the best to play Captian McVay, however when your opening scene looks like model planes on a string with very bad CG fire, you take what you can get. Tom Sizemore did play a good CPO with sea stories and newbie pranks. In spite of it being a tribute film, there is an anti-war message that goes along with the idea dropping the bomb was a bad thing. The men in the film separate themselves from the dutiful military man, just falling just short of the Nuremberg defense "I was just following orders." The plot was good, the execution wasn't there. Mario Van Peebles has done better.
Guide: F-word. No sex or nudity. Stripper with tassels. I have good respect for Mario Van Peebles but this effort was bad. Captain McVay and the situation was rolling the dice on the trip to and from and the Navy was at fault.
The sharks that got the survivors were not great white sharks at all. Dumbest portrayal I have watched. The sharks that attacked the survivors were whitetip. I am not arguing that the great white weren't there but the story portrayed here is just wrong.
So why the 5 stars? Probably what Mr. Peebles was going after is another story of the USS Indianapolis.
It was also funny to see the director in the courtroom shot. The CGI wasn't as polished as it should have been ...also not accurate of the period planes and ships.
Story was a bit weak... in the movie too. This one would have been better left on the shelf.
Also I wasn't looking for a documentary on this but for entertainment a bit lame. A melodramatic, overreaching and sometimes just inaccurate script by Nic Cage