Reviews

We Were Soldiers

4

It'd be easy to dismiss We Were Soldiers as post-11 September flag-flourishing. And it'd be wrong. Sure, writer-director Randall Wallace does only portray the first all-out battle between the US and the Vietnamese, which the US claimed as a victory. And granted, he does portray every soldier involved - most notably General Hal Moore (Mel Gibson) - as a noble hero, rather than the village- sacking grunts of Oliver Stone's Vietnam. But that doesn't make it any less true-to-life or distract from the brutality of the conflict he portrays so effectively. Wallace's unslick, documentary- style reality sucks you in, and the emotional impact overwhelms any cynicism.

Film Details

  • 15
  • UK Theatrical Release Date: October 1st 2002