The last 'Pro-American' Film to be made?
With the recent onslaught of anti-American (and quite boring) morally "ambiguous" films like "Rendition" and "Redacted" (Nice to know we have a bunch of geniuses trying to look sophisticated naming war movies like that) I truly believe that The Great Raid will be one of the last few pro-American or pro-war movies to be made, considering Hollywood is no longer interested in portraying Americans as the 'good guys' or an oppressed people (in this case, Filipinos) rising up and fighting a brutal tyrannical enemy (the Japs). It showed quite accurately the brutality of the Japanese soldiers (very similar to Al Quaeda and just as brutal as the Nazis).
This movie was far from perfect. It's somewhat tedious, and extremely boring in the early parts. The story telling was quite mediocre for a real life event that should have been exciting and compelling on screen. But it really should be appreciated as a film that told a little know story of heroism. It's nice to know we had some real Americans back then willing to fight for something greater than themselves.
The whole world owes the Filipinos and Americans a debt of gratitude. I hope they make a movie about the Abu Sayaff, a bunch of Islamic radicals terrorizing the Southern Philippines next. Or would that be too offensive to Islam?