The Great Raid

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"The most daring rescue mission of our time is a story that has never been told"
  • R
  • 2005
  • 2 hr 12 min
  • 6.6  (23,733)
  • 48

The Great Raid is a 2005 war movie based on true events that took place during World War II. The movie depicts the rescue of over 500 American prisoners of war (POWs) from the Japanese camp at Cabanatuan in the Philippines. The film is directed by John Dahl and stars Benjamin Bratt, Joseph Fiennes, James Franco, Connie Nielsen, and Marton Csokas in pivotal roles. The movie opens with a brief background on the Japanese occupation of the Philippines in which thousands of civilians and soldiers were captured and imprisoned in various camps.

The main focus of the movie is on the rescue mission that was carried out by the US Army Rangers and Filipino guerrilla units to liberate the Cabanatuan POW camp. The movie's central characters are Colonel Mucci (Bratt), the commander of the Rangers who leads the raid, and Captain Prince (Fiennes), the intelligence officer who provides crucial information about the camp.

James Franco plays the role of Lieutenant Corbett, who leads a small team of Rangers to provide cover for the main raiding party. Connie Nielsen plays Margaret Utinsky, a nurse who helps the guerrillas by providing medical assistance to the wounded.

The movie portrays the raid as a dangerous and risky operation that required meticulous planning and coordination between the Rangers and the guerrilla units. The Rangers had to cross enemy lines, avoid Japanese patrols, and breach the camp's defences to rescue the prisoners.

The rescue mission was not only a military operation but also a humanitarian effort to save the lives of hundreds of American and Filipino prisoners who were suffering from disease, malnutrition, and torture. The movie highlights the courage and determination of the Rangers and guerrillas who risked their lives to carry out the mission.

The Great Raid includes some intense and emotional scenes, including the brutal treatment of the POWs by the Japanese, the hardships faced by the Rangers and guerrillas during the mission, and the final dramatic rescue scene that brings tears to the eyes of the viewers.

The movie's visuals are impressive, with well-choreographed battle scenes, authentic costumes and weapons, and stunning cinematography that captures the beauty and harshness of the Philippine jungles.

Overall, The Great Raid is a compelling war movie that pays tribute to the valor of the soldiers and civilians who fought to liberate the Philippines from Japanese occupation. It is a must-watch for history buffs, war movie enthusiasts, and anyone who appreciates the sacrifices made by the brave men and women who fought for freedom.

The Great Raid is a 2005 action movie with a runtime of 2 hours and 12 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.6 and a MetaScore of 48.

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