27 August 2010
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
The consensus of opinion is that the most sensible thing for Major Shears to do is to go ahead and jump, and hope for the best.
So basically: Colonel Nicholson and his troops are captured by the Japanese during World War II. He and his men join a dying POW camp in Siam, where Colonel Saito, who disregards the Geneva Code, maliciously rules them. Shears was already at the camp when Nicholson arrived, and he wants to try and escape instead of build the bridge. Nicholson refuses and takes over most of the operations after a long power struggle with Saito. The troops begin to work on a better, more stable bridge, totally oblivious to the fact that the Allies are going to blow it up.
Srs, Alec Guinness was a douche in this movie – the accent didn’t help much either. But, I mean, that’s his character, isn’t it? So, I guess it works out in the end. If you can get over that – because of course you all hate seeing Ben Kenobi act like such a psycho – it’s a pretty decent movie. Not at all historically accurate, and apparently it offended the real troops, but what can you do about that? As long as it’s a good story and people are aware that it’s not what actually went down, what’s the big deal, rly.
I don’t think it should actually be on the list ... or at least not this high. It’s a good movie, but I wasn’t wowed by it.
Ziggi seal of disapproval.