FATHERS, BROTHERS, HUSBANDS & SONS.
Another bloodsoaked war movie for Mel Gibson after Braveheart and The Patriot, this time set in 1965 at the beginning of the U.S. military campaign in Southeast Asia, which was to become the Vietnam War. The story is focused on Lt. Col. Hal Moore’s (Gibson) steadfast leadership and heroic efforts for his soldiers in the Valley of Death. First-time director Randall Wallace’s effort is undeniably exciting but unfortunately he never digs beneath the surface of events, and Gibson’s character needs complexity to become what Hal Moore must have been like in real life.
2002-U.S. 137 min. Color. Widescreen. Written and directed by Randall Wallace. Novel: Harold Moore, Joseph Galloway (“We Were Soldiers Once… And Young”). Cinematography: Dean Semler. Cast: Mel Gibson (Hal Moore), Madeleine Stowe (Julie Moore), Greg Kinnear (Bruce Crandall), Sam Elliott, Chris Klein, Keri Russell… Barry Pepper, Jon Hamm, Dylan Walsh.
Quote: “Dear Lord, about our enemies, ignore their heathen prayers and help us blow those little bastards straight to Hell. Amen.” (Gibson)