Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Going to the Raid

Apparently, there are some who are worried about the receipts from the opening of The Great Raid. (HT: Hugh)

This movie is worth supporting for a variety of reasons. Most important of these reasons is showing support for the more accurate production of war movies. There are the intentionally anti-war (or perhaps I should say anti-current-war) programs like Over There (here and here too). However, The Great Raid is supposed to be something different.

According to Yahoo! Movies,

Set in the Philippines in 1945, "The Great Raid" tells the true story of the 6th Ranger Battalion, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Henry Mucci (Benjamin Bratt) who undertake a daring rescue mission against all odds. Traveling thirty miles behind enemy lines, the 6th Ranger Battalion aims to liberate over 500 American prisoners-of-war from the notorious Cabanatuan Japanese POW camp in the most audacious rescue ever.

Remember Bataan Death March?

To show support for this movie (and support for our troops, lest anyone read into the low numbers of folks viewing this movie as some sort of apathy or anti-attitude towards the war), go see it and do it this weekend. And next weekend too. Let's make it the next two weekends: Aug. 19-21 and Aug. 26-28.

Spread this around the blogosphere: see The Great Raid the next two weekends.

Send a message to the film industry about the types of movies we will support: the good ones with more accurate portrayals of our nation's past events, especially those that entailed extreme sacrifice and courage ... and moreso when these events happened while in the pursuit of doing good for others.


Anonymous said...

Great idea!

Leo Pusateri said...

I saw it. It was absolutely riveting. Fabulous. And I'm not exaggerating in the least. I have a commentary about it here.