Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Movie review: USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage

On a secret mission during WWII, the crew of the USS Indianapolis becomes stranded in the Philippine Sea. Facing a lack of supplies and relentless shark attacks, the crew desperately holds on to hope of rescue while trying to survive.

Nicolas Cage (Captain McVay), Tom Sizemore (McWhorter), Thomas Jane (Lt. Marks), Matt Lanter (Bama), James Remar (Adm. Parnell), Brian Presley (Waxman), Yutaka Takeuchi (Hashimoto), Johnny Wactor (Connor), Adam Miller (D'Antonio), Cody Walker (West), Callard Harris (Lt. Standish), Craig Tate (Garrison).

USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage begins with some backstory and plot setup. As the plot begins to unroll, character introductions hit full speed. With some drama used to help us connect with the crew out of the way, suspense and action takes over, revealing a tense roller-coaster ride through to the ending.

Acting was decent with Cage delivering his usual, albeit with a bit less energy and charisma. Sizemore was well cast in his role and did nicely, as did Jane, Remar and others. The supporting cast felt solid and did nicely. Despite some negative reviews of the acting in this one, we felt it was actually pretty good.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were good with the film having a nice, big budget feel. CGI was disappointing with some ridiculously obvious scenes and a cheap feel. Dialogue was good with nice depth. Sound and soundtrack were enjoyable.

Based on a true story, the plot and storyline in this film are tense and the movie rolls along at a good pace. While some may find the film a bit slow and lacking intensity, realizing this is a true story brings added weight to the film. Military movie fans should enjoy this one.

With some mild nudity, graphic violence, blood, gore, foul language, and disturbing images, save this one for older teens and above.

Released: 2016
Reviewed: 4.4.17
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Action, War, History, Military Action & Adventure, Period Pieces

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