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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
U.S. heroes are good; Japanese captors are bad.
Violence & Scariness
Prisoner abuse, executions, battlefield violence.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief threats against the nurse.
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Soldiers curse in battle.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters smoke and drink.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie includes violent, dark images of war and prisoner abuses. Characters curse briefly, look ravaged, suffer abuse at the hands of captors and from malaria, and participate in prolonged, rough-looking battles. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Adapted from Breuer's The Great Raid on Cabanatuan and Sides' Ghost Soldiers, this film reaffirms familiar oppositions between bravery and iniquity, by way of a by-the-numbers WWII movie plot. And its representations of variously raced characters -- Japanese, the Filipinos, the Caucasians -- are careless. It's a portrayal necessitated and perpetuated by war: the enemy must look less than human. The film includes several solid Filipino soldiers, including the valiant Captain Juan Pajota (Cesar Montano), whose resistance army holds off a Japanese deployment to ensure the rescue mission's success. Still, the raid itself resorts to simplistic good and bad images, with no comprehension of the Japanese beyond what seems a singular desire to commit atrocities.
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