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Rated: R

Release Date: February 1, 2019

Director: Peter Jackson

Stars: The soldiers of World War I

Plot: A new and technologically innovative look at the British soldiers that fought in the trenches in France during the first World War



Clint Says: Drop everything and see this movie now



Very rarely do I see a historical documentary that is so utterly compelling that I want to tell the world they need to see it as soon as possible. This is one of those rare ones. 


For lovers of film and filming technique, this may be one of the greatest accomplishments in film of all time. To take 100 year old film and digitally restore, color, and make it 3D is a technological marvel. The painstaking attention to detail is evident in every single frame. If for no other reason, this film should be seen because of the technical aspects.


But then there is the story. It is told in such a powerful and emotional way, but at the same time it feels so down-to-earth and ordinary. There are moments throughout the film where I was feeling all kinds of emotions, but then I would realize that the guys telling the stories, the ones that actually lived the truth, were telling these tales in such a matter-of -fact way that it was almost comical at times. They talked about getting shot, losing friends, losing limbs as if they were talking about taking the dog for a walk. These are some of the toughest people to ever walk the earth.


It is fascinating to see the soldiers and hear the voices of these brave souls 100 years on. The film lends a new level of respect to what they had to endure and for how long. 


The documentary is only 90 minutes long, but there is a 30 minute technical discussion with Director Peter Jackson after the credits that is just as compelling as the documentary. To see some of the film in its original state and then to see what Jackson's team was able to do with it is mind-boggling. 


This is not an easy documentary to watch, but it is one that you should see. 


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