Films with the theme of World War, both I and II, always promise an action-packed spectacle of exciting war with a spice of dramatic emotional stories. Midway, based on the Midway War story in 1942, is one of them. The film was directed by Roland Emmerich, who was previously successful in supporting Independence Day in 1996. The film was made to honor those who have sacrificed their lives in the war in the Pacific Ocean.
This film is so star-studded. From Ed Skrein, Luke Evans, Dennis Quaid, Mandy Moore, Patrick Wilson, Aaron Eckhart, Woody Harrelson, Darren Cris, Nick Jonas and others. However, all that does not promise a perfect spectacle.
Midway tells the story of military aviators and sailors on the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise in the face of the Pearl Harbor attack in December 1941. The attack was carried out by Japan without warning and devastating American military base in Hawaii. The attack was carried out when America was in a neutral position during World War II. In the film it is told, America actually has been warned about the attack by Edwin Layton (Patrick Wilson), a military intelligence. However, the warning was given in disguise and not everyone understood it.
After the Games Online dan Offline attack, America also corrected its sea defenses. They replaced a number of leaders and began formulating strategies to face Japan. One of the spearheads of the defense was USS Enterprise, led by Rear Admiral William “Bull” Halsey (Dennis Quaid). On the ship, he has a number of formidable aviators from Dick Best (Ed Skrein) who are proficient but unruly, Wade McClusky (Luke Evans), Eugene Lindsay (Darren Criss) to flying technician Bruno Gaido (Nick Jonas). This team played an important role in the attack on the Japanese fleet that wanted to invade Midway Island in June 1942 under the command of Admiral Chester Nimitz.
Meanwhile, the Japanese who felt that America was ‘exhausted’ and would not dare to counterattack, were also not defeated to devise a war strategy. After colonizing China, they also tried to control the small islands in the Pacific region which also became the basis of American defense. Two key Japanese military figures in this war were Rear Admiral Chūichi Nagumo (Jun Kunimura) and Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto (Etsushi Toyokawa). This aspect makes this film interesting. Midway not only tells the American efforts to defend Midway, but also tells how Japan’s efforts to invade the island. Yes, indeed America is the hero in this film. However, Japan is not portrayed as a very evil villain in this film. There are a number of aspects of constancy from the J
However, this movie script is too full. With stars in this film, the script writer, Wes Tooke, seems unable to develop stories for the characters in this film. There are parts where the character does nothing but briefings and fight. The main character in this film, Dick Best, played by Ed Skrein, comes up with dialogues and background stories. This makes the character who should be strong and become the main protagonist seems to pass away. In fact, the acting of the stars in this film is all good. Unfortunately, all the characters are only thin in character. Emmerich seems to want to show as many fighters as possible in this film, but this does not fit the narrative that wants to be conveyed.
However, it must be admitted, visually, this film is indeed interesting. The battle scenes are also interesting to watch. This film presents a war scene between WWII era combat aircraft which is certainly different from the technology now. The visual effect that is displayed must be admittedly quite good. Emmerich was quite capable of re-creating the Midway War impressively. He can also maintain the tone of this film from beginning to end. Only, the climax execution is not too dramatic. In fact, with a duration of 138 minutes, this film should be better able to display exciting shows that are even more dramatic.
Midway is a film about the Midway War during World War II which features exciting war scenes between America and Japan. Unfortunately, the plot of the story is thin.