Hi, guys! How is quarantine? Today we want to continue with the WWII movies. We prepared a list of three more war-related movies to watch while social-distancing.
Midway picks up on December 7, 1941, the day Japan attacked the United States at Pearl Harbor. The Japanese are better equipped; the American fighter planes are creaky crates, and their torpedoes have all the destructive power of conkers.
Lieutenant Commander Edwin T. Layton (Patrick Wilson) and his intelligence team deduce the Japanese are planning another offensive, this time targeting Midway. Basing their strategy off this information, the U.S. Navy looks to deliver a crushing blow, sending some of their best men like Dick Best (Ed Skrein) to partake in the battle that could determine America’s fate.
The film, based on the real-life events of this heroic feat, tells the story of the leaders and soldiers who used their instincts, fortitude, and bravery to overcome the odds. The cast also includes the likes of Woody Harrelson, Dennis Quaid, Aaron Eckhart, and Nick Jonas, who are solid in their roles and honor the real people they’re portraying.
Enemy at the Gates
This is a rare World War II movie that does not involve Americans. It takes place in the autumn of 1942, in Stalingrad, during Hitler’s insane attack on the Soviet Union. Under the leadership of Kruschev (Bob Hoskins), the citizens of Stalingrad are mounting a brave resistance, spurred by the exploits of their local hero, Vassili Zaitsev (Jude Law). An expert sniper, Vassili’s deeds have become legendary – thanks to propaganda produced by Vassili’s best friend, a political officer named Danilov (Joseph Fiennes).
To stop Vassili, the Germans dispatch their best sniper, Major Konig (Ed Harris), to Stalingrad. When Vassili and Danilov both fall in love with a beautiful soldier (Rachel Weisz), Danilov deserts his friend, leaving Vassili to face his German counterpart alone. As the city burns, Vassili and Konig begin a cunning game of cat and mouse, waging a private war for courage, honor, and country.
In the shell of the city, Vassili and Konig face off in a duel of wits that is meant to mirror the larger battle. Any flaws in execution pale against those moments when the film brings history to a vital life.
Saving Private Ryan
The story opens with a prologue in which a veteran brings his family to the American cemetery at Normandy, and a flashback then joins Capt. John Miller (Tom Hanks) and GIs in a landing craft making the June 6, 1944, approach to Omaha Beach to face devastating German artillery fire.
After a grueling half-hour sequence depicting the beach landings, which reminded a new generation of filmgoers how terrifyingly low the life expectancy was for those in the first wave, we are introduced to our everyman hero, Captain Miller (Tom Hanks), whose mission has been ordered from the very top: find Private Ryan (Matt Damon) on the field of battle, inform him of the terrible news about his brothers and order him home.
Miller assembles a crack band of brothers: Horvath (Tim Sizemore), Reiben (Edward Burns), Jackson (Barry Pepper), Mellish (Adam Goldberg), Caparzo (Vin Diesel), Upham (Jeremy Davies) and Wade (Giovanni Ribisi) and they set off behind enemy lines on a desperately dangerous mission.
You definitely should use your social-distancing time to watch these three movies, that tell different stories of one horrifying war. After that, what can be better, than reading some biographies of main actors? Visit prabook.com, where you can find some interesting facts about these amazing people.