Originally Posted by divedude
Let us know what someone who was actually involved in the raid thought of the depiction. And by all means, do not miss the footage during the ending credits. It is of the actual people, and I found it very interesting.
The Penton clan review
It is a very good DVD, sort of like the old war movies but it didn't have that Are-TEASE-tic graininess like Band of Brothers (which BTW we love in our household
) nor like that of the recently reviewed Cinderella Man (at least in the first third or what not).
So, for me that was actually a pleasant surprise.
In regards to my father-in-laws impressions, he wasn't privy to the actual raid on the camp itself, because he was fighting at the bridge.
He thought that the director could have emphasized a little bit more about how difficult it was just to maneuver behind enemy lines to get to the prison camp but, there were probably time constraints with the length of the film.
He thought that they really gave a soft touch to the interrogation of one of the main characters in the movie (perhaps out of good taste or for ratings
) because he was once hauled in and interrogated (translation = beaten up pretty badly) by the occupiers.
I guess we'll never know if he was in the old newsreel footing at the end because when they flashed the graphics about how many Filipino guerrillas died during the campaign, his eyes swelled up and he had to leave the room as he was starting to weep.
Which I presume indicated that he lost at least one good friend at the bridge.
Today he mentioned to everyone that he was glad at least somebody remembered that mission and he was happy that, in the end, the Army did NOT leave any man behind despite the fact like the movie said, the mission had no real strategic significance.
(That was from an 18 year old fierce Filipino guerilla that went on to become an engineer, move his whole family to the U.S. and participate in design, etc. of such projects as Bangkok's airport, a super-secret place for jets in Saudi Arabia and the D.C. subway system.)
Quite an accomplishment, I'd say.
What does Tom Brokaw call that generation ?