Marc Bernardin
August 20, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

We Were Soldiers

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
Wide Release Date
03/01/02
performer
Mel Gibson, Sam Elliott, Greg Kinnear, Chris Klein, Barry Pepper, Keri Russell, Madeleine Stowe
director
Randall Wallace
distributor
Paramount Pictures
author
Randall Wallace
genre
War, Drama

We gave it a B

When Mel Gibson, as Army Lieut. Col. Hal Moore, steps off the chopper that carried his air cavalry into a hostile Vietnam landing zone, We Were Soldiers becomes a cinematic meat grinder that mirrors the true story it’s based on. The problem is, by the time we get there, we’ve already sat through almost an hour of the sappiest character melodrama since ”Pearl Harbor” (which was also penned by ”Soldiers” writer-director Randall Wallace, who apparently never met a blatant foreshadow he didn’t like). But, man, when those poor souls hit the ground…brutal, just like war.

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