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: 57 out of 426 found boring (13.38%)

One-line Reviews (235)

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Very fast paced, moving, and exciting.

Horrible war propaganda from the victorious evil .

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.

Formulaic and Dumb .

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

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.

Extremely entertaining.

To make propaganda?

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

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

It's exciting, horrific and revelatory.

an entertaining film.

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

war propaganda.

Tense, gripping drama based on actual events.

Literarly this movie cannot be any more cliche.

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

it is just a little boring.

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

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

Worst movie of the year

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

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

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.

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

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 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.

Don't waste your money .

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

Does get a little long and drawn out at times.

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

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

Some parts were different and it was hard to follow.

Very exciting with an excellent cast.

But this movie is engaging and engrossing.

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

Bored .

Entertaining for 9 year olds...

Repetitive and drawn out .

Boring ......

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

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.

dull for the rest of us .

It was enjoyable and I certainly liked it.

The plot is fast paced and at times riveting.

and your own thrilling experience in the theater.

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

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

Really good enjoyable film .

Waste Of Time .

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 .

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

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

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

Don't waste your time.

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

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

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.

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 .

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?

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

Don't waste your money .

Exciting Moments in an Otherwise Mixed Bag .

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.

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.

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

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

) on the edge of their seats the whole time!

It was a decent and entertaining movie.

Don't waste cinema time o this

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

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.

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.

The score was pretty boring.

And yes, quite enjoyable.

Don't waste your money on a ticket.

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

Purely an absolute waste of time.

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

So it feels disjointed.

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

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.

Acting was average script was disjointed and sometimes pointless.

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

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

It was a total waste of time.

You'll be yawning though out the film duration.

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

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

Well worth the watch!!

I found this movie hard to follow.

Imagine every war movie cliche possible.

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

It has a great historical story and good actors to work with but still manages to make an Overlong, Clichéd, Cheesy and Shallow bore-fest out of it.

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

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

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

Engaging from the very beginning.

I was on the edge of my seat.

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

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

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

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.

Boring .

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

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

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

Bad but enjoyable .

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........

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

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.

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.

seems like the actors are dull.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Well worth watching this one.

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.

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

MIDWAY is a thrilling cinematic experience!

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

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.

This movie is well worth watching.

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.

Very entertaining.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

I fell asleep several times .

Very enjoyable .

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

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.

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.

Superb exciting cinematography without looking fake or too CGI.

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

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

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

I literally started falling asleep in the climactic Midway sequence.

Cliche after cliche .

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Great Visuals & Gripping Story, Watch In iMAX .

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

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

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

Worth watching!



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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

This movie played out like a sad propaganda film.

Visually stunning.

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.

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

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

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.

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

Flawed but enjoyable .

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

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.

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

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

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

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 kept nodding off in boredom.

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.

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

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

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

Its worth the watch.

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

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


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

I found myself immersed in this historical drama.

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

Too boring for a war movie.

The new version is entertaining.

Boring, ridiculous plot of soldiers in water .

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

Would've made the battle more intense and interacting.

Excellent and Accurate Account; Very Enjoyable Movie .

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

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

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.

Unbelievable action packed movie with spectacular amazing battles.

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

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

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

Propaganda through and through.

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

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

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

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

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

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).

People are bored, and $chlock sells.

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