Another war, another unnecessary
By Heather L. Nicholson
Daily Cougar Staff
If anyone is interested in seeing another
war movie this millennium, please raise your hand.
Didn't think so. That hasn't stopped Hollywood
from making yet another feel-good flick devoted entirely to patriotism
limbs blown to bits.
Photo courtesy of Paramount
Mel Gibson stars in the new
war film We Were Solders.
We Were Soldiers is a 120-minute drama
based on the true story of the first battle American troops waged in Vietnam.
The book, We
Were Soldiers Once ... And Young, is told
from the prospective of two men who actually fought in the month-long battle:
commander Harold Moore, played by the
ticket-selling Mel Gibson, and a reporter named Joseph Galloway, played
by Berry Pepper
(Saving Private Ryan).
The story is honorable like most war stories,
but enough is enough. Audiences have had to endure tales of the American
World War II, Pearl Harbor and the Gulf
Like all the movies that precede it, We
Were Soldiers has inspiring speeches of bravery and duty. There's also
the doe-eyed little girl
asking her daddy about war and the ever-present
and gruesome fight scenes that are obviously for shock appeal.
Gibson is the leader in a fight he is destined
to lose while taking on a new accent — this time, a Southern drawl.
Madeline Stowe plays Moore's wife, a woman
who experiences the dilemmas that arise for the wife of a soldier. From
families to unwanted telegrams, the role
is mildly significant to the story.