Midway (2019) - Action, Drama, History

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The story of the Battle of Midway, told by the leaders and the sailors who fought it.

IMDB: 6.9
Director: Roland Emmerich
Stars: Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson
Length: 138 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 62 out of 464 found boring (13.36%)

One-line Reviews (251)

I fell asleep several times .

,Just like video game, ,Cheesy dialogue ,bland characters.

Very fast paced, moving, and exciting.

it is just a little boring.

" One of the consequences of this cliche was that it made it hard to care about any of the characters.

And yes, quite enjoyable.

And the action scenes kept me on the edge of my seat.

Waste of time, i would not recommend this to no one.

Not to mention, the heroes who are supposed to inspire instead gave speeches which were full of weakness and about as exciting as a T-ball game.

Instead on focusing on these compelling things, "Midway" gave us shots of weepy wives and what Admiral Nimitiz was up to.

But overall, this film is riveting at times and down right entertaining.

All in all in was an enjoyable movie to watch and I have the greatest respect for the real people that sacrificed so much to get America the victory in the Pacific.

Historical and riveting .

Wooden acting, terrible CGI, so bad it's entertaining .

dull for the rest of us .

It looked like an arcade video game and the acting was weak at best, save your money and pass.

Maybe the film needed a little cheese and relationship drama like that of Pearl Harbor because that film was infinitely more entertaining.

I'm writing this as I'm watching that's how gripping it is.

Choreography: Great Directing: Good Screenplay: Lame, predictable overacting with stereotype roles.

The CGI special effects were well done and the photography and sound was breathtaking.

Kudos to all the actors, directors and producers for making an entertaining and quality movie!

Its worth the watch.

Even though the characters are based on real people, they still feel very bland and boring.

Very entertaining.

Great Visuals & Gripping Story, Watch In iMAX .

Ever since, I've had an intense fascination with this particular battle, the events leading to it and the impact from it.

Midway is an historically accurate, intense, and exciting portrayal of one of the most important battles of WWII.

The score was pretty boring.

Roland Emmerich is not a name that inspires much faith for historical accuracy, but hey the Patriot was at least entertaining.

But after a while, the intense action makes you forget.

Along the way, it also proves one adage to still be true: that truth can be just as compelling, and stranger, than fiction.

Horrible war propaganda from the victorious evil .

The movie drags, is boring and so misses the salient points of the battle as to miss the point.

This film is your standard, cookie-cutter war flick with way too many repetitive action sequences that all look the same after awhile.

With a strong cast which features Luke Evans, Dennis Quaid, Mandy Moore, Aaron Eckhart, Nick Jonas and a fine supporting cast, Director Roland Emmerich has given audiences a gripping war movie that despite the impressive visual effects; never loses site of the fact that this is a story of real people who found themselves in pivotal moments of history.

CGI was not that bad, especially for fast paced scenes.

It's a shame that a visually impressive film possesses such an emotionally dull story.

One of the worst movies I've seen in a long long time.

This film was boring, battles were blah and could have done without the stupid family backstories.

Boring, ridiculous plot of soldiers in water .

Basically a good movie but a bit drawn out in places with too much detail about their homelife and not enough detail about the planning, scouting raids etc. The expanse of the south pacific and the number of young men who were away from home for the first time doesn't come across either.

Tense, gripping drama based on actual events.

Flawed but enjoyable .

Throughout the runtime, there are dialogue sequences with the sole purpose of explicitly telling the audience what we need to know to understand the story, which ends up turning the narrative confusing, convoluted, and lacking faster pacing.

Despite the history was treated with respect, was just poorly written, Roland's direction uncertain on different points of the plot and sloppy shots outclassed by a not always excellent CGI, even though the cast was gripping and believing it, especially Ed Skrein.

Pretty gripping retell of an incredible battle that more citizens of the US need to know.

Overall a good effort but the story is seen through a slightly duller lens and leaves me wondering why the original needed to be remade.

Worth watching!

The new Midway movie comes across as a predictable game of battle ship.

It provides a good combination of breathtaking action and personal stories.

Bad but enjoyable .

The movie was enjoyable and a testament to those men who gave their lives to turn the tide during WW2.

But the film's creators somehow manage to get right at least 80% of things involved in a very complicated sequence of battle events in a bit over two hours of action packed mind-blowing movie-magic.

And apparently they won by using CGI planes flying about like gravity-defying space ships, and by using atrocious dialogue to bore the enemy to death.

It was enjoyable and I certainly liked it.

Does get a little long and drawn out at times.

I really was hoping for a rousing retelling of this important turning point of a battle.

Anyway, this film is everything I expected: Typical, Boring, Lame, Formulaic Tripe .

This movie is well worth watching.

Many of these films are often about the action, and while not as prominent as they once were back in the day, they still offer some intense views of history.

The entire film was very disjointed and jumped around constantly and featured many scenes that served almost no purpose whatsoever.

Acting was average script was disjointed and sometimes pointless.

The style is visually pretty stunning, the battle scenes look absolutley brilliant and they will keep your eyes on the screen.

It was a decent and entertaining movie.

On a positive note, many of the action scenes were well choreographed and exciting to watch.

Don't waste your money on a ticket.

Visually this movie is stunning, great effects, excellent CGI.

By the way, was this a pro-China propaganda movie?

The CGI is absolutely mind blowing, as would be expected from an Emmerich film of this nature.


The cinematography of the air battles is pretty intense, putting the viewer right in the cockpit insanity of the situation.

The actual war is riveting with astonishing aerial sequences and powerful sound design.

Disjointed, poor continuity due to filming it in bits and pieces.

Just sad to see an overuse of obvious CGI, dull acting, and cringy dialogue at some points.

It's undeniable that these are entertaining, gripping, and exciting.

) on the edge of their seats the whole time!

The fight scenes with dive bombers were so intense and realistic compared to all the other "same old same old robot alien comic book battles.

Clocking in at two hours and 18 minutes, "Midway" teems with fascinating details.

Well worth the watch!!

Then, having the repetitive aerial battle throughout the two hour time frame.

While it was historically fairly accurate - could not believe they actually showed one of the causes of the War was cutting promised fuel to Japan, and while there were some very good scenes, the movie was uninspiring.

Visually stunning.

Some parts were different and it was hard to follow.

It was a total waste of time.

Ed Skrein remarkably portrays Dick Best, the only character who's genuinely compelling and carries a complete, well-developed arc.

Imagine every war movie cliche possible.

But from Pearl Harbor to Midway is definitely far too long a saga to finish within 2 1/2 hours.

The new version is entertaining.

But conversely there's the cliche dialogue, the middle of the road acting and the long running time dragging it down.

It was unbelievably full of cliche; I think the worst might have been when Dick Best flew his dive bomber the length of the Japanese carrier just above the deck to drop his bomb right through the very centre of the red sun painted on the deck, while snarling "This one's for Pearl Harbor!

I walked out of the theater not quite knowing what I'd just watched.

People are bored, and $chlock sells.

Repetitive and drawn out .

Excellent and Accurate Account; Very Enjoyable Movie .

Entertaining for 9 year olds...

The battle scenes are more gripping than any I've ever seen in the big screen.

Firstly, the runtime is mercilessly shorter than Pearl Harbour whilst some of the action is, on occasions, quite exciting.

and your own thrilling experience in the theater.

The film never hooks you, I was completely disengaged and bored.

This makes the film a kind of predictable naval battle game for viewers and especially for viewers who are familiar with the history of this battle.

The special effects and battle scenes are entertaining and visually stunning on the newer screens with incredible sound systems.

Don't waste your money .

But I was highly distracted by the clunky dialogue, the slow manner in which the actors spoke their lines, the one-person-speaks-at-a-time approach and the crappy editing of the non action sequences.

The result is again a disjointed movie that struggles to bring A games to any perspective, and relies on B and C graded stories.

To make propaganda?

war propaganda.

The acting is not good and the effects are not good due to low budget but it is like enjoyable bad

For a movie with a lot of action, I was a little bored.

I'm sorry for being so critical of you all these years saying how cheesy and cliche you are and that you are a bad film........

In the beginning the characters seemed a little bit odd especially Dick Best, but by the end of the movie I was on the edge of my seat screaming for Dick to come through.

They managed to make one of the most exciting moments in history a boring piece of garbage.

Although he filled this film with a fictional and long-winded story, he managed to put in credible and entertaining action scenes with explosions.

Too boring for a war movie.

There is a youtube video by a user called 'montemayor' that explains the battle for Midway from a strategic point of view, and that video is unironically more compelling and entertaining then this film.

All that said, this film is very much so worth watching.

There are also scenes that have no place in the movie or add zero value,if anything they create more confusion as to what this movie is really about.

Nice editing on these parts, and quite an adrenaline rush at the times it works.

Very enjoyable .

Cardboard cut out Japanese characters and superficial un-engaging American heroes were boring, the action sequences overblown and exaggerated up-to and including planes flying through wave tips and the wreckage of other planes only to emerge unscathed, combined to stretch credibility to beyond breaking point.

I liked this snappy line from a conversation between the navy captain played by Charlton Heston and the intelligence analyst played by Hal Holbrook.

Roland Emmerich has put together a gripping storyline that manages to get in all the important elements of an epic story in 128 minutes.

This movie was very well done, the acting was very decent, the script was respectful of the content it was covering and quite suspenseful and the effects were very decent.

Purely an absolute waste of time.

While I loved "Pearl Harbor" and proudly stand by it, "Midway" chooses to stick to the facts and is thrilling from beginning to end.

Entertaining from start to finish, I truly think the scenes they used in trailers don't do the realism of Midway any favors and make it look too much like Pearl Harbor the only scenes I thought were too much were the dive bombing flack shots .

This is the worst movie that I can currently remember watching.

Unfortunately, except for Ed Skrein's character, I didn't feel invested enough to appreciate the non-action moments due to the confusing, convoluted, and exposition-heavy narrative.

Engaging from the very beginning.

Action scenes are pretty intense, and give you quite the experience of making you feel like the pilots in the plane.

still it is worth watching it to remember the war and herors...

It is well worth watching and learning about this pivotal Battle of World War II, often considered one of six most important naval battles in history.

The critic consensus is quite gloomy, painting the film as poorly executed and at times, slow.

Good movie, can get a bit drawn out at times.

Thought they did a great job kept it entertaining and not too Hollywood.

MIDWAY is a thrilling cinematic experience!

Midway takes a well-known and revered battle in WWII and milks as much cliché and melodrama as possible.

Superb exciting cinematography without looking fake or too CGI.

an entertaining film.

Waste Of Time .

This is probably the first time in over 50 years Hollywood made a solid war movie without inserting a sappy, contrived romantic sub-plot, pushing some radical political agenda, or re-writing history.

This movie played out like a sad propaganda film.

Screenplay is all over the place - so difficult to follow events.

As stated above, this a very fast paced film which starts with the reason why the US carriers were not at Pearl on 7 Dec 41, then moves quickly through some other actions to include the Marshalls, Dolittle Raid, Coral Sea and then on to Midway.

All in all, Midway is a respectful homage to the people who fought in the Battle of Midway, but it fails to deliver an engaging story with compelling characters.

This is an action packed movie from the start and remember, its a war movie!

Don't waste your money .

Cliche after cliche .

Truly epic visuals with tense and riveting aerial sequences, plus a powerful sound design, get your teeth biting the nails.

Worst movie of the year

Rating 4.0/10 I had high hopes for "midway" war between America and Japan, unfortunetly this movie goes to war of the bored.

But this movie is engaging and engrossing.

For the more casual viewer it is an entertaining movie with some flaws regarding pacing and a few too many characters to keep up with.

Now, I don't want to make people believe that this film is a pile of trash because it's not, but the most enjoyable aspect of this movie for me was also a mixed bag.

Evantually, the action sequences with aerial scenes do get repetitive.

Therefore, these characters need engaging scripts and emotionally resonant arcs.

The music by Harald Kloser and Thomas Wanker is excellent and there are genuinely thrilling moments in the third act.

Gimme some good vehicle mounted cameras (as Nolan and Miller still do) and that's ten times more breathtaking.

I kept nodding off in boredom.

I would watch it again on a slow sunday afternoon and I don't regret seeing it at all.

The editing was confusing to me jumping between multiple locations without it being clear who is who and how it all fit together.

Dick is a cowboy, and cocky personality who flies and living on the edge when he is dive bombing.

Dont waste your time and money in the cineam for this outing, wait for it to come on TV or streaming.

Given the Historic event and the heroism associated with it, just how Emmerich managed to produce something so uninspiring and lifeless is beyond me.

Overall, Midway may be entertaining and very historically accurate but it falls victim to an awful script, bland characters, and too many typical war film cliches.

I see many in negative reviews mentioning overuse of CGI, I really didn't find it to be much of an issue at all, and even if it was, it would still be the least of its issuesOf course comparisons to "Pearl Harbor" are inevitable, IMO that is just a much more enjoyable version of this movie overall, while not perfect it doesn't have the same HUGE glaring issues this one does.

The CGI is terrible, there's no story just random action sequences which are over the top, it's just bad.

Exciting Moments in an Otherwise Mixed Bag .

Very exciting with an excellent cast.

If you're looking for an exciting movie this one does the job.

A plain dull movie with so many amazing actor speaking their line with zero emotion.

Genuine, real, and fascinating if you like anything about history.

The pacing is deeply uneven, the accents are often bordering on atrocious (stop forcing actors that can't do a convincing accent foreign to them to do one for god's sake), the acting is all nover the place (dennis quaid being a strange example of a really good actor horribly directed as a walking gruff cliche) with the best performances being woody harrellson (in a role that didn't push him in any way) and the japanese admiral/generals (although they are largely presented as pastiche save for a couple of moments).

The combat aerial scenes are breathtaking, especially when we are looking over a tail assembly of an American SBD Dauntless dive bomber before it plunges from several thousand feet to bomb a Japanese carrier.

" As well as a comic book feel, it came across as a propaganda war film.

They're backed up by an engaging Woody Harrelson, Dennis Quaid and the criminally underused Mark Rolston, who are all excellent playing the senior officers, while the younger cast including Keean Johnson, Nick Jonas, Luke Kleintank and Daren Criss, all do well to make the most of their parts.

I found myself immersed in this historical drama.

The film is very long and the story is so dull.

Tha acting and dialogue were so contrived and poorly done, there was no way I could sit through 2 more hours of it.

Hard to follow even with BIG PRINT on the screen, as more often then not, those scenes were on the vast Pacific, not much to help the audience; planes, ships, submarines were suddenly one place before appearing/disappearing with little comprehension/logic.

Boring .

Only the best movies of every year can have a numerous and talented cast while giving each and every actor an exciting role.

That I wouldn't know as I walked out after nearly 2 hours in the cinema.

I'm talking about the super fake cameras moving around the crashing planes: that was good 20 years ago, now it's just boring and fake.

Awful graphics, uninspiring and dull dialogue, over the top action sequences, skimmed over 3 major Pacific battles when it should've focused on just Midway (hey that's why the movie's called Midway right?

Really good enjoyable film .

Mildly worth watching if you don't get too hung up on what's not in the movie and just enjoy what is.

The movie does slow down a bit, and may get a little boring.

Don't waste cinema time o this

But i can say that i enjoyed it as a cinematic documentary movie .

Well worth watching this one.

Adrenaline is all the way high.

I literally started falling asleep in the climactic Midway sequence.

Your truly would have loved a little more action to come together, as the trailers promised, but at least the intelligence parts work together to make for an engaging plot.

It's exciting, horrific and revelatory.

Definitely not the best war movie I've ever seen, but enjoyable enough so as not to be completely wretched (damning with faint praise, I know).

Boring ......

The screen was alive with star studded names and Captain America like bravery full of cliche dialogue and cowering cowards needing encouragement from the brave heroes we all have come to know through the annals of history.

It is just a stale and very bland film that never picks up and feels ultimately underwhelming and forgettable.

Kept me on the edge of my seat from the first moment.

Of course, those who are watching, not for a history lesson or for heart-rending pathos, but for thrilling scenes of destruction and derring-do, are more than catered for with countless huge explosions, plenty of machine-gun fire and loads of impressive aerial combat.

Hard to follow .

Extremely entertaining.

It has all the ingredients of his better work, as well as some of the flaws, and tells a fascinating real-life story to boot.

Don't waste your money, wait for it to come online or pirate it.

I feel it was well researched, accurate and the action kept me on the edge of my seat.

Ho-hum is as good a description as any for this totally superfluous remake.

Another thing I will give the film credit for was that it was for the most part entertaining.

The story was historically accurate but the plot was pretty boring.

It felt like a made for tv movie that was drawn out.

I've only ever walked out of a film once or twice before.

Bored .

This is a very fast paced film with little character development.

Kept me on me on the edge of my seat the entire movie.

Propaganda through and through.

Stop putting bad information into people's brains by changing historical facts with lame movies while fueling your war propaganda machine.

The plot is fast paced and at times riveting.

With all the individual incidents that happened during the battle, the writers could only come up with some trite crass garbage - lazy storytelling.

The overall story-telling and lineage of the movie are very disjointed and fractured.


For one thing, the film feels disjointed, as our time hops and evolution of war occur a little too frequently to necessarily keep track of everything.

Would've made the battle more intense and interacting.

Following our naval hero "Dick Best" through some significant WWII moments seemed more like pro-war propaganda than true war.

I was on the edge of my seat.

A bit disjointed and didn't explain the story very well .

We probably enjoyed it more than we might have, having just watched the episode in the Netflix WWII docuseries about the battle.


This was an entertaining movie, which is its primary job.

Formulaic and Dumb .

I found it very enjoyable and the actors/actresses did a fine job.

Anyways, it was still entertaining because nowadays visual effects are so real and the big screen just enhances everything.

While this premise does make for some exciting battle sequences, it's undercut by side plots that feel slightly unnecessary to the overall arc of this movie.

So it feels disjointed.

The battle scenes they did provide were confusing and video-game like (absolutely NOT realistic) in an attempt to dazzle the audience as opposed to the more difficult task of story-telling.

While Dick Best is an adrenaline craving fighter pilot.

The end result is still a rousing drama despite knowing the forgone conclusions.

So, I enjoyed it today and I am sure I will have forgotten it tomorrow...

In closing, if you're a fan of war movies, exciting aerial action, or explosions, watch it repeatedly...

I feel like this film does make Michael Bay's Pearl Harbor feeling like a masterpiece when it comes to a story with a forced love story, better action and aerial combat that puts you on the edge of your seat, and the emotional impact you have with the victims and soldiers that was under attack.

It's a nice blend of quiet scenes where we get to know the characters and intense war scenes.

After the umpteenth planning and attack scene, the film also feels a little repeatedly what makes the film more predictable and thus a bit more elaborate.

I found this movie hard to follow.

Unbelievable action packed movie with spectacular amazing battles.

You'll be yawning though out the film duration.

The scenes with Skrein's character in a dogfight or manoeuvring to dive bomb enemy ships were pretty intense and they really play up the chaotic nature of the battle.

For all that, I enjoyed it and would recommend it as a good war movie.

seems like the actors are dull.

The actors were engaging, the stories leading up to the battle were interesting and that battle itself was exciting to watch.

Don't waste your time.

As a WWII History buff, I found this movie entertaining and accurate.

Robbie K here with yet another review as we look into:Movie: Midway (2019) LIKES:The Modern Technology Prowess Multiple Aspect providing different viewpoints The Intensity Of Some War Scenes The Decent Acting The Intelligence AspectDISLIKES:Disjointed Plot Too many Perspectives The Semi Forced Love Story The Choppiness of the scenes Semi-sloppy use of big names The Action ScenesSUMMARY:Modern technology allows us to make things more realistic and engaging, and should in theory lead to better fights.

I haven't been to a movie since Bohemian Rhapsody because it has been a very dry year for movies with substance.