|Review Summary and Plot Commentary about We Were Soldiers|
|Set in the beginning of the Vietnam War, We Were Soldiers tells the story of LT. GEN Hal Moore, the battle in the Ia Drang Valley, and the hardships that the Americans went through in an exciting dramatization.
--Jack Bauer, Resident Scholar
|Mel Gibson's finest hour, this is a true story of war in the early days of the US-Vietnam war, at a time when new tactics and new strategies were required. The outstanding veteran Col. Hal Moore leads his special helicopter cavalry, well trained and well equipped, into a new type of warfare. The fighting is savage and realistic. Both sides are portrayed sympathetically. When the US army boys score their first outstanding victory in the heart of enemy territory the scene is set for the later war. The humiliated Vietnamese commander and a few of his staff survive to survey the great piles of his men's' bodies. His grim comment sums it all up: 'What a tragedy - they will think they have won a great victory'. The war was to continue, and to this day, they endure.
--Michael JR Jose, Resident Scholar
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|Analysis of We Were Soldiers|
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Composition of Movie
Actual chase scenes or violence - 50%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 15%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 35%
Time/Era of Movie:
- infantry soldier
- senior military
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- brunette (Brown)
- short/standard straight (man)
- short/standard wavy (man)
- average (man)
- muscular (man)
Events of movie makes character more...
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- very athletic
- average physique
- enemy army
- infantry soldier
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- brunette (Black)
- skinny (man)
- Other Asian
- Average intelligence
- healthy but a geeky weakling
- Southeast Asia
- fort/military installation
Accounts of torture and death?
- gory visuals of deaths
Movie makes you feel...
How many deaths in film?
Sex/nudity in movie?
What kind of sex:
How much use of techno gadgets?
- 4 ()
Kind of violence:
- land battles
- hand to hand
Unusual forms of death
- frying (cooking)
- Occasional swearing
Lot of special effects?
Kinds of F/X
- exploding bombs
If this is a kid's movie...
- Ages 10-15
Is this movie based on a
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