“ It makes them ineffective and also makes the movie feel all the more formulaic and forced.
“ Too formulaic and overdone.
“ Many gripping moments of self-realization, facing reality and appreciation for life and death.
“Mr. Godawa has written an excellent adaptation with tight dialogue and a compelling visual story that Mr. Cunningham (Dir.
“ Very well done; certainly worth watching .
“ Powerful, engaging, thought provoking look at true freedom.
“ Secondly as several people have already pointed out much of the story feels like cliche .
“ Worth watching .
“If you like a good, straightforward and easy to follow, good guy versus bad guy, don't make me think, summer blockbuster, action and no story flick, watered-down and without depth .
“ Gripping performance worthy of the heroism of the real-life experience.
“ A gripping portrayal of those who went through so much when this was REALLY going on in their lives.
“ The ending alone is worth watching the whole movie.
“ The tracks themselves are enjoyable, except for one or two (Although to be fair some of them were unoriginal).
“ It was visually powerful, emotionally compelling.
“ The hell of the camp and building the railroad is simply a background for pretentious waffle.
“ The characters ultimately remain relatively static, in spite of the wonderful potential supplied by the plot to turn any one of these men into a compelling portrait.
“ The characters are intriguing and some heroically moral.
“ Total waste of time.
“ Deeply absorbing tale of the power to forgive .
“ It goes beyond the normal anti-war film message of "War is hell, therefor we should stop engaging in war.
“I do think it is a movie worth watching for the history alone.
“ By turns it's an escape movie, a life is meaningless movie, a knowledge makes life worth living movie--it tries to be too much.
“ And the title, trite by any other name, since "The War To End All Wars" was what WWI was called and was all about.
“ A fascinating way to view humanity .
“ The filmmakers provide a fascinating contrast between Eastern and Western cultural values, as well as between Christianity and the Japanese Bushido code of behavior.
“ I loved this movie and would highly recommend it to others, especially if you like movies like "the flowers of war, Saving Private Ryan, Schindlers list, The Thin Red line, K-19, Fury" and other of the greatest war dramas in Cinema.
“ I found this movie very powerful and moving and I highly recommend it!
“It was often an intense viewing, with never a dull moment, and does not try to be biased or nationalistic.
“ I found the movie a refreshing change from the normal "war is hell" or "violence is exciting" approach.
“ I heartily recommend it for anyone who is tired of the well-worn, formulaic movies that Hollywood seems to be cranking out these days.
“ The extremely fine performances of the actors, the gripping script, the completely appropriate camera work and production design, the strong direction, the historical accuracy, as well as all the other technical aspects of putting together a film were unquestionably of the highest quality.
“ It starts slowly, and the numerous characters make it a bit confusing.
“ An intense, graphical and challenging movie that provides unique insight into the conditions and determination of POW's in WWII.
“ And it is fascinating that though Dusty is the person who starts this by saving Ernie by sacrificing his own life, the person he saves is the one who goes on to effect these powerful character shifts in the bulk of the camp's prisoners.
“ Joining in the company of other war films dealing with moral and ethical dilemmas such as "All Quiet on the Western Front" and "The Conscientious Objector", To End All Wars deals with many intense topics such as: purpose for life, world views, cross-cultural moral dilemmas, justice, hope, forgiveness, vengeance, and redemption.
“ The film picks up with the gripping details of the Japanese prison camps where "Bridge over the River Kwai" left off.
“ I've had the opportunity to see 2 separate screenings of "To End All Wars", and I enjoyed it both times.
“ I enjoyed it and I'm sure most people will.
“ Fragmented, boring .
“ How to keep your humanity from disintegrating, how to keep compassion alive in your heart, how to live with honor and courage -- all are addressed in psychologically and philosophically compelling terms.
“ The eerie quiteness, the wet eyes, the tissues being used as people left the theater were a silent tribute to the way it had grabbed each individual there and caused them to feel and think deeply.
“) and Mr. Gardiner (Cinematographer) have interpreted with a stunning, first person, and visual realism able to capture the imagination and compel the viewer to come along.
“ However, the movie gets more interesting, intense and meaningful as it goes along and concludes with a satisfying ending.
“ it's an intense raw warmhearted all in one give me some war flick.
“ Boring .
“ A Film of Breathtaking Oscar Worthy Performances and Beautiful Film-making About A True Story of the Will to Survive and the Courage to Forgive .
“ The music was a mix of Celtic and Far East, and I enjoyed it.
“ I was prepared for an entertaining movie.
“ He is an empty man hopeful for redemption.
“ The acting is exceptional, and the production value is stunning for a film that was not produced a big studio budget.
“ This film is worth watching several times.
“ But all of those moments are rather predictable and you can sense them coming from miles away.
“ Powerful, riveting, emotional, refreshing.
“ In the way that opening scenes from "Saving Private Ryan" were both riveting and disturbing, and the theme of average individuals rising to rare levels of sacrifice and honor was portrayed in the same movie, I was deeply impacted by this retelling of real life events.