Pearl Harbor (60th Anniversary Commemorative Gift Set)

To call
i Pearl Harbor
i0 a throwback to old-time war movies is something of an understatement. Director Michael Bay's epic take on the bombing that brought the United States into World War II hijacks every war movie situation and clich'e9 (some affectionate, some stale) you've ever seen and gives them a shiny, glossy spin until the whole movie practically gleams. Planes glisten, water sparkles, trees beckon--and Bay's re-creation of the bombing itself, a 30-minute sequence that's tightly choreographed and amazingly photographed, sets the action movie bar up quite a few notches. And in updating the classic war film, Bay and screenwriter Randall Wallace (
i Braveheart
i0 ) use that old plot standby, the love triangle--this time, it's between two pilots (Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett) and a nurse (Kate Beckinsale) who find themselves stationed at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, during what they thought would be a nice, sunny tour of duty. Then, of course, history intervened.
For the first 90 minutes of the movie, Affleck and Beckinsale find a nice, appealing chemistry that plays on his strengths as a movie star and hers as a serious actress--he gives her glamour, she gives him smarts. Their truncated romance--the beginning of which is told in flashback so we can get right to the point where he has to leave her to go to England--works, thanks to their charm. They're no Kate and Leo from
i Titanic
i0 (a strategy the film strives hard toward), but they're pretty darn adorable in their own right. Hartnett, as the not entirely unwelcome third wheel, squints bravely but makes only a slight dent in the film. Everyone else in
i Pearl Harbor
i0 --from Cuba Gooding Jr.'s brave navy seaman to Jon Voight's able impersonation of FDR--is pretty much a glorified walk-on, taking a backseat to the pyrotechnics and action sequences that keep the three-hour film in fairly constant motion. But when that action does take hold,
i Pearl Harbor
i0 is quite a thrilling ride.
i --Mark Englehart

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upc: 9780788831850
title: Pearl Harbor (60th Anniversary Commemorative Gift Set)
theatricalDate: 25-05-2001
stars: Ben Affleck
Josh Hartnett
Kate Beckinsale
Cuba Gooding Jr.
Jon Voight
purchase date: 19-06-2007
publisher: Touchstone / Disney
published: 04-12-2001
price: $49.99
net Rating: 3.5
MPAA Rating: R
minutes: 182
number of media: 3
last lookup time: 204000080
genre: World War II
Action & Adventure
fullTitle: Pearl Harbor (60th Anniversary Commemorative Gift Set)
features: Anamorphic
Box set
DTS Surround Sound
director: Michael Bay
currentValue: $10.99
created: 204000080
country: us
aspect: DVD
asin: B00005O893