What is The Thin Red Line about?
A company of marines during the Guadalcanal campaign in the Pacific theater of WWII discover the sheer atrocities of war. First, by an assault on a hill with well dug-in Japanese machine gun bunkers. Then, a raid on a Japanese camp. Each clash displays the various character’s reactions to bloodshed viewed with confronting yet intriguing insight. The viewer is able to witness the voice overs of men’s thoughts and feelings throughout the film about life, death, war and peace.
Directed by Terrence Malick. With an ensemble cast, starring John Travolta, Nick Nolte, Sean Penn, Jim Caviezel, Dash Mihok, Woody Harrelson, John Cusack, Nick Stahl, George Clooney, Ben Chaplin, Elias Koteas, Adrien Brody, Jared Leto, John C. Reilly, Thomas Jane, Tim Blake Nelson and Miranda Otto.
How did this movie make me feel?
Involved. There is plenty of ideologies in their heard thoughts and it’s quite emotional. Other than that, the butchery suffered by both sides of the conflict highlights that god forbid wars should happen. The extent men go to fight and defend themselves tin that situation makes me wonder. What would I do? How would I react? Would I run? Can I sacrifice for the greater good? To keep your sanity or uphold your sense of self would be near impossible.
I like the scene where John Cusack’s character Captain John Gaff leads an offensive to take a hill. Up until this point the movie has the Americans being beaten badly and it’s a relief to see them catch a break. Plus, to watch the teamwork, fortitude and valor of this small assault party inspires a great deal of motivation in me.
Very tough call giving the actors in this movie. I’m going to go with Jim Caviezel’s character Private Robert Witt. Although he doesn’t believe in war or combat and has gone AWOL on several occasions. He proves himself multiple times with heroic acts in this movie. Hearing his thoughts throughout the feature does invoke some thoughts of your own about life. It did for me. His clash with Sean Penn’s character Sergeant Edward Welsh is interesting too. They have a discussion near the end of the movie which gives testimony that they do actual like and respect one another.