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Siege of Jadotville

PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2016 8:09 am
by Hastati
Netflix original film about the 1961 battle during the UN operation in Katanga. Takes a few liberties with the actual events to make it a bit more "Hollywood", but is very enjoyable. Visually, it is very well done and captures the flavour of the battle well. Worth a watch.

Re: Siege of Jadotville

PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 2016 6:20 pm
by Altius
I watched about 40 minutes of this last night. Not bad so far, although a bit predictable, but don't spoil the ending for me. :wink:

Re: Siege of Jadotville

PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 7:10 am
by Hastati
Everybody dies.

Re: Siege of Jadotville

PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 3:49 pm
by JJCH nli
An enormous steaming pile of shite. Comical, albeit unintentionally so.

Re: Siege of Jadotville

PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2016 6:13 pm
by Altius
Name a war movie that's not. They all seem to follow the same, tired formulae, which was the comedic point of Tropic Thunder. But, hey, its escapism. Otherwise, we'd only watch documentaries.

Re: Siege of Jadotville

PostPosted: Sun Oct 16, 2016 9:25 pm
by The Jim Jones Cocktail Hour
Altius wrote:Name a war movie that's not. They all seem to follow the same, tired formulae, which was the comedic point of Tropic Thunder. But, hey, its escapism. Otherwise, we'd only watch documentaries.


The Battle of Algiers.

Re: Siege of Jadotville

PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2016 4:07 am
by clayface still not logged in
Altius wrote:Name a war movie that's not.


Fury. The ending was nothing I expected. In fact it was like nothing on earth, or anything in the saddest imaginations of the saddest soldier-wannabe.

Re: Siege of Jadotville

PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2016 9:07 am
by MartinR
There is the odd war film (generally the more literary based ones) which manage to avoid at least some of the appalling cliches, such as Birdsong or The Red Badge of Courage, but in the main they explore the same tired old themes in the same tired old way. I don't think anything has moved on much from 'All Quiet on the Western Front'.

Re: Siege of Jadotville

PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2016 7:44 pm
by Bronshtein
I think 'The Long Day's Dying' is certainly worth a look - not your traditional action movie. If you hated the internal voice over style of Thin Red Line, you won't like this. Hardly any dialogue - nearly all internal monologue. The violence is swift and nasty when it happens but there is much more to this than a shoot em up big bangs war movie.
Don't think it is on DVD - it's on Amazon Video.

Re: Siege of Jadotville

PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2016 7:21 am
by MartinR
Is it based on the book of the same name? I always rather enjoyed that, it felt very personal.

I never realised A Walk in the Sun was a novel either until I came across a dog eared copy in a second hand shop.