For months now, I had planned to write about
And I am glad I saw it. The movie is about what I had expected. There is a big love story-kind of like Titanic-except here it is a love triangle. This was added supposedly for the ladies, while the guys get off on all the special effects. I suspect that the guys will like the love story too. It is not as well done as Titanic, but it does hold your interest. At least, for the first two hours. The last hour seems like an entirely different movie. It’s like they could not figure out how to kill off one of the main characters in the original December 7 attack, (and believe me, I’m not giving anything away here), and so they had to make another movie to fill out the plot. But I don’t want to talk about that. Go see it yourself if your interested.
I want to talk about authenticity. Between my roommate-who’s ex-military-and me, we managed to ascertain that the filmmakers did a pretty good job on most of the details. The planes and ships all seemed accurate, and the timing seemed right. The movie even shows us the attack itself in something close to real-time; a bit less than an hour. That is not what has had me hopping mad for the last five months, ever since I saw the previews. What gets me is the treatment of
First, let us go back to World War 1.
We had broken the Japanese code, and were privy to all their naval communications. We knew what was coming, only we did not tell anyone in
But here is the absolute kicker:
But it did not work like that. We underestimated the ability of Japanese military leaders to plan an attack effectively. We overestimated our strength. In short we thought we were damn near invincible, at least as far as the lowly Empire of Japan was concerned. So
So, go see the movie. Enjoy it. Cheer patriotically when we bomb