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Movie : The Thin Red Line

A soldier gets caught being AWOL. He’s sent to a disciplinary outfit instead of facing a court martial. The outfit is being used to reinforce and help to secure an island (Guadalcanal) in the South Pacific. As they march to their destination they are stopped by heavy Japanese resistance that is dug into a hill that is in their path. The story plays out here in a beautiful location that will test everyone involved.

Terence Malik is one of my favorite filmmakers and he makes another good one with Thin Red Line. His films are motion pictures in the true sense of the word. The cinematography is beautiful. John Toll (DOP) captures the environment that the story plays out in. He gets the images that Malick wants and they are beautiful. At times it almost plays like a nature film.

The cast of characters help tell the story and the performances are tops. John Caviezel, Ben Chaplin, Elias Koteas, Sean Penn and Nick Nolte (flipping out like only he can) all stand out as do others. They all take us on an emotional trip. How the situation effects each of them, physically, emotionally, mentally and more. You feel and believe the stress of battle. Malick builds the story and we are part of it. It’s brutal and shows the horrors of war.

So many beautiful cutaways of the nature and it’s creatures around the battle. Taking in what is happening. Like a spectator. Malick puts the camera on the characters. No words are spoken we can only guess what’s going through their minds. Some of the characters share their thoughts in narration. He uses the camera to show us what the characters see. He also makes us aware that they can die at any time.

So many great moments in this film. It’s not just a war film its more than that. Big screen film. Beautiful.

“Matter of luck if you get killed”.

“Nature is cruel”

53 comments on “Movie : The Thin Red Line

  1. Strange Dylan
    February 14, 2021

    Ah! This is the one Malick film I need to see! I loved Days of Heaven so much, and I loved the Edward Hopper cinematography within the film. I think he creates neo silent films with their emphasis on facial expression, sound, and the subjects within the shot. Some other directors who do this (not quite as poetic) are Nicolas Winding Refn and Damien Chazelle. Anyways, really enjoyed this read!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      February 14, 2021

      ‘Days Of Heaven’ is a visual treat also. I like all his films. The DOP’s he works with are outstanding. Toll and him are a great team here, telling the story with the camera. True artists.( I am familiar with the names you gave. Will have to reacquaint). This is a real strong film. So many beautiful shots that add up to a very good film. Pretty pictures are one thing but great camera work with Malick and this cast knock it out of the park for me. Hey, thanks for dropping by SD.

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  2. Francisco Bravo Cabrera
    February 14, 2021

    CB, a movie I definitely need to see. Thanks for the great review. Take good care and all the best to you,
    FBC.

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  3. 2loud2oldmusic
    February 14, 2021

    This is a good. At first, I was wondering why you didn’t mention Mark Hamill but that was the Big Red One. Once I got my bearings straight I remembered this film.

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  4. deKE
    February 14, 2021

    Good flick. Penn is a good train wreck actor…

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  5. Yeah, Another Blogger
    February 14, 2021

    Haven’t seen this one. I liked the film he did that has Gere in it. That one was precisely and beautifully filmed too.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      February 14, 2021

      Being a lover of the camera Neil, you would dig the photography in this one. It’s absolutely beautiful matched with some real solid performances from an ensemble cast.

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  6. msjadeli
    February 14, 2021

    I may have seen this one years ago. What a cast! I haven’t seen Koteas in a film in a long time. He’s got great screen presence. Sounds like it’s worth a rewatch and maybe the library will even have it!

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  7. christiansmusicmusings
    February 14, 2021

    That’s quite a star-studded picture, CB. Looks like the cinematography is great. The beautiful landscape certainly creates a dramatic contrast to the battle scenes.

    With all of that being said, I find war movies can be quite depressing, illustrating the senseless act of war.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      February 14, 2021

      The “dramatic contrast” is perfect term. You are absolutely right with your last comment, this film certainly moved me in that direction. You can follow it up with a Buster Keaton film to clean the palate.

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  8. J.
    February 14, 2021

    Great flick. Spot on about the look and feel. Malik makes great looking movies… even if it takes him a while to get there.

    I wonder how different this movie would have been with Brody as the lead and Mickey Rourke and Bill Pullman. Rourke suggested some of his best work was for this one.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      February 14, 2021

      I dont mind the “while to get there” as long he takes you somewhere.
      I like the cast. Heard Mick was involved. The ensemble with the lesser known actors worked real good for me. The only two name guys that had bigger roles where Nolte and Penn. Caviziel, Koteas, Chaplin were outstanding.

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      • J.
        February 15, 2021

        From what I’ve read there are some outtakes of Rourke on the Criterion release, but I mind reading (quite a while back) that his role was quite significant and Malik cut him out entirely. I think Rourke put it down to being more political than having anything to do with the movie… but I understand Malik is notorious for cutting people from movies or cutting down their role (and Nolte still appears here, so, y’know). But anyway, I agree with you that those guys were great… plus, I don’t particularly rate Brody (go figure) and Caviziel is definitely a more intriguing chap here.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        February 15, 2021

        Nick chewed the scenery (but it worked). I dont think Malick lets his vision get away from him. If something doesnt work or fit, see ya later. It would have been interesting to se Mick (I’m trying to picture him in it). Caviziel was perfect. Like all characters they went to another place mentally and emotionally. Loved where he took his guy. Put him on some sort of other level. Very good stuff. Thanks for the input J.

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      • J.
        February 15, 2021

        Nick loves the taste of scenery. I know he’s got a reputation, but he always delivers. He’s incredible.

        Malik has a way of making movies that works. Might piss some folk off, but the quality of the movie probably justifies his decisions.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        February 16, 2021

        He’s good in this. Coming a little unhinged. Yeah I’m a Malick fan so Im in all the way.

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  9. Jim S.
    February 14, 2021

    Interesting. This rings a faint bell but I’m certain I never saw it. I’ll add it to the ever-growing list.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      February 14, 2021

      Amazing how a film this good flies under the radar.

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      • Jim S.
        February 15, 2021

        There’s a ton of them that do. I don’t even know how they get made these days.b

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        February 15, 2021

        There is a certain audience that the machine targets. I’m not in it.

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  10. keepsmealive
    February 15, 2021

    I didn’t see this one, I don’t go for war films too often. But if it’s more than that, and CB says so, then I better get off my ass.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      February 15, 2021

      I hear ya Hans. I’m not crazy about the standard war film. This is a little bit more than that. So much to like performances being one. I’ll give you your money back if you dont like it. It will only cost me a bit, the Canadian buck is down.

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      • keepsmealive
        February 15, 2021

        I’ll try it. Wonder if it’s on Netflix…

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        February 15, 2021

        You guys have a way better selection on Netflix down there. Good chance

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      • keepsmealive
        February 15, 2021

        Down where? I somehow thought you were out west, I’m here in Ontario. Or is ‘down’ like saying ‘down east?’ Lol I’m thinking too much aren’t I…

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        February 15, 2021

        No it’s case of CB not using the old noodle. I’m broadcasting out of the tip of Hudson Bay (Not). Netflix seems to offer different choices, maybe some of the folks I know have a US account.
        Anyways Books, no matter where you’re at check it out. Tell those Buds to quit kicking our Nucks. They are vulnerable and not very good.

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      • keepsmealive
        February 15, 2021

        Sorry dude, as a Leaf fan I’m trying to enjoy this decent run they’re having so far. We’re not used to having nice things.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        February 16, 2021

        I’m a hockey fan but i dont have a team. Just like a good game. Playoffs is where the Leafs will be tested. I like what i seen (Canucks were not a good gauge). From what I seen Leafs might add a little more physical presence. Playoff are such a grind. Also dont know how solid Anderson is and how consistent. Thats the key.

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      • keepsmealive
        February 16, 2021

        After their performance last night, the Leafs need to have bag skates until they collapse. What a shit show.

        I was an Oilers fan as a kid (Gretzky-era? c’mon) and then for the longest time I didn’t have a team, just wanted a good game (sound familiar). For some reason in my advancing age I’ve fallen for the Leafs, a sure route to heartache and disbelief. Maybe I hit my head hard enough I don’t remember the blow. Anyway.

        They just brought in Galchenyuk, and Simmonds when he comes back will be a force they truly need. They need to get rid of Nylander (I know, I know, but I was against them even signing him, they didn’t need him at the time, or now, and I’m being proven right on a nightly basis. Yeah he puts up points but he doesn’t back-check and he makes A LOT of plays for which I would have been benched when I was 10 in little league). Andersen is a good goalie but he’s never been what they need to be great. Losing Campbell was the real blow. I know they love Hutchinson but he’s just not capable.

        They’ll blow their lead in the divison, they’ll get blown out of the playoffs (if they even make it that far, by then), and it’ll be another season where we say NEXT YEAR. Lol, life of a Leafs fan. Of course, I’d truly love to be proven wrong, but this is why we can’t have nice things.

        And the poor Canucks, my goodness. I know everyone is screaming for Benning’s head but he’s a GM, he’s not on the ice. Look at players and coaching long before going after him. They can still play like they have nothing to lose (they don’t), but they’d be better to basically write off this season, lick their wounds, put out the tire fire, and try to sort things out for next season.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        February 16, 2021

        Winning the cup is (CBs order) consistent championship goaltending, Great special teams, Solid big mobile defense (Hedman etc), skill, durable physical play (night in night out. Its a grind). No passengers. And a side of good luck.
        Nucks, softest team in the league. Not easy to watch if a hockey fan.
        We need to start the “Books and CB Hot Stove” segment.

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      • keepsmealive
        February 17, 2021

        I’m in! For me, it’s basics. Solid zone clears, head up and make the smart play Every. Damn. Time. Don’t give them time or space to get creative, just move the puck, play the body, and for f***’s sake BACK-CHECK. Kill them with basics.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        February 17, 2021

        Like I said if you have even one passenger that doesnt buy in, forget it. Remember when that D man Carlson from Ottawa wet to the Sharks, he killed them in the playoffs. The coach kept putting him out and the other team keyed on him. Turn over after turn over in own end. The trade off with his PP didnt wash. Hard to watch the rest of the team sink because of it. They had a good chance that year.

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      • keepsmealive
        February 17, 2021

        Yeah I know. This year’s weird, too, because they’re really only facing about 6 other teams all regular season, so they have no idea whether they’re any good or not until they hit the playoffs. Honestly, and I’d love to be proven wrong, I’m not certain anybody in the North is gonna survive against Boston, Tampa, Colorado, St. Louis, Washington… they’re just too strong, they play like they want it, and I just don’t see it in most other teams. I want the Leafs to do well, man, I really do, but they can’t give up a 5-1 lead at 19:00 of the 2nd period and lose 6-5 in overtime. To Ottawa, FFS.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        February 17, 2021

        Goaltending Books. Why the Nucks went anywhere last year. Yeah North in tough down South. Dont see it happening. Leafs might have it, out of all teams up North, they have some horses. again I dont pay close enough attention.

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      • keepsmealive
        February 18, 2021

        You got that right, Demko was amazing. And he’s doing it again, despite all the help he’s not getting. Could be much worse. Leafs just don’t play like they want it consistently enough. Gotta be a habit, not just something that gets turned on. Montreal might have legs too, I dunno. I’ve been watching and so far those are the only two who might get anywhere.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        February 18, 2021

        Habs have Price. So that’s huge. He gets into his hot place, look out. 86 games is not a good tell (to long to play hard every night) This new season might be a little better gage.. Shorter. No coasting into the payoffs. Should be interesting. There’s a couple guys that would fit in the Leafs if Nucks are selling at the end. Foot soldiers.

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      • keepsmealive
        February 18, 2021

        I fel pretty bad for the Canucks. They had a deent run last year, things were looking up, then they traded a pile to Calgary and now the wheels seem to be falling off.

        Leafs definitely need 3rd and 4th line depth players. Always. The problem is half their salary cap is eaten up by four guys from the top 6. Trade Nylander. I know, I know. Never shoulda signed him, though (IMHO).

        This season is awesome. It’s like a tournament moreso than a season, and when/if they get to the playoffs it’ll be wild because they’ll be figuring out teams they haven’t played all season. LET’S GO!

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  11. BuriedOnMars
    February 16, 2021

    Oooooo… This is getting the CB bump? It has been sitting on my PVR for a while now. It has a few strikes against it – It’s long, I’ve heard mixed things, and I’m not sure if Sarah will like it. But now it is a must-watch because CB says it is good.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      February 16, 2021

      Malick’s middle name is “Long”. Thanks for the nod but Mars will have to put it through his filter. The work and creative talent cant be questioned, everything else is in the eye of the beholder. Big bowl for the popcorn, well rested and a big cup are in order.

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      • BuriedOnMars
        February 16, 2021

        OK. We don’t mind long movies as long as they are worth it. We just finished the Godfather 1 and 2 for the upteeth time. So worth it. 3 is tonight. Not worth it but Sarah has never seen it.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        February 16, 2021

        Oh yeah long is good if they meet the criteria you mentioned. My Gal and I did the Godfather thing while ago except I had to sit out 3. Let me know how the revisit goes. There was one part I liked, the rest …. well ….

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      • BuriedOnMars
        February 16, 2021

        I remember the good parts being OK and the bad parts being really bad, lol. We’ll see how it goes.

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  12. Tony
    February 17, 2021

    Man, I’ve watched this film a good few times now CB – it’s right up my particular alley – and each time I find something else to enjoy. Great choice and take

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