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Plot: A WWII pilot, bombardier, and radioman find themselves adrift on a lifeboat without food or water after being forced to ditch their plane during a scouting mission. Runtime: 100 mins Release Date: 22 Nov 2014
This movie once again reminded me that true stories are so much more interesting than fictional ones! I got to watch this in New Orleans before its main release in January and oh what treat. Knowing that what I was watching was what those men experienced added to a great movie experience. And it was an extra treat for me that the movie's director, Brian Falk, came to the New Orleans screening to answer questions about the story and how it was made. It was very interesting and I really enjoyed hearing about the making of the film he said he might host an online Q&A like the one he did <more>
for us so maybe others can get a chance too! The actors in the film - Garett Dillahunt, Tom Felton and Jake Abel - were captivating and delivered superb performances all around. This film was excellent and I look forward to watching it again in the future!
A Story I Did Not Know & One I Will Never Forget (by ABell-168-781764)
My normal stance is to avoid war movies or military stories. I was hesitant going in. I was fundamentally changed coming out. Stated plainly-the movie was gripping! Many people deliver scripts and messages; few people inspire them. In these few minutes, you will meet such men. The competing themes of human lapses, survival, atonement, endurance and faith testing collided brilliantly. These three men were a case study in overcoming and a testament to what unimaginable dividends are yielded when we talk by faith. Additionally, the film does much in the way of offering role models in an era <more>
It's hard to make a movie about three men in a raft for a month but this movie kept my attention the entire time. It keeps you on the edge of your seat and intrigued to learn more of their story. Its good to bring stories like these to life and inform the people to learn more of our country's history. These people were part of the greatest generation and we are loosing them with age so it is good to get these stories out while we still have them around to learn more about such an integral part of our country's history. Learning that the actors filed this incredible movie in only <more>
twenty short days they did an incredible job and really gave life to the movie making you feel like you were actually there with them.
Strong story, and great acting by Tom Felton (by bryce-167-776553)
Saw this movie at a Special Screening in New Orleans at the WWII Museum and I highly recommend it. It's an incredible true story honestly told and very well acted. As someone with family in the military who loves true stories about American history, this one hit all the right notes for me.Historical films can feel a bit stiff or over dramatized, but this hit the sweet spot of good acting and an engaging story. It was a trip seeing Tom Felton is something other than Harry Potter, but once you get over the initial double take, you realize he is a fine actor who has a bright future ahead of <more>
Just came from seeing this movie at the WW2 museum in New Orleans at an advance screening I had the pleasure of attending. I met the producer/script writer Brian Falk. Very nice guy. I'll start my brief review by saying the movie was admittedly made on a low budget which limits things, but that being said, what they did do, they did well. The re-creation of the plane, a TBD-1 Devastator, was great. No surviving plane exists anywhere. As to the story and the production, the movie succeeds because it tells the tale of these 3 men and their journey on a raft in the Pacific Ocean. You see <more>
the interactions of three guys who basically did not know each other when the plane took off. Keep in mind in those days, officers, as pilots almost always were, and enlisted crew members did not associate on the carriers much if at all. That dynamic plays out to a certain degree in the film. The elements you'd think would come though in a film such as this, are played well: despair, survival, hunger, thirst, hope, fear, and blame... and many more. Theirs is story that needed to be told. I am glad it was.
Against the Sun, beautiful movie and great performances. (by MaayB)
Before I start the review I would like to thank Kurt Graver for the early digital copy.I just finished watching this movie and I must say I'm surprised. The performances were great, the second I saw Tom Felton I remembered Draco Malfoy Harry Potter but I have to admit he did an amazing job playing Tony and I immediately forgot about Malfoy. So congratulations to him, Jake Abel and Garret Dillahunt for their amazing performances. I loved the make up, it seemed very real. And of course, the story was amazing. Sometimes this kind of movies with historical events might be a little boring <more>
but not Against the Sun. I enjoyed every minute of it and I hope I can see it again soon on the big screen. Congratulations to everyone who made this movie and keep working in great projects like Against the Sun and Parkland.
The Pacific Ocean is 63 million square miles in size. Larger than every single square inch of dry land on the entire planet.In January 1942, just over a month after the devastating Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour and the United States entry into WWII, the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise was on patrol west of Hawaii.Enterprise was one of only four remaining US carriers in the Pacific. Constant reconnaissance was crucial to detect Japanese ships and aircraft. Lingering in one place was a recipe for potential disaster - but pinpointing a moving ship roughly 800ft long and 100 ft wide, a <more>
minuscule speck in such a vast ocean, was a much greater challenge for pilots. Unfortunately that made life difficult for friendly as well as hostile fliers.On the 16 January 1942 a Douglas Devastator torpedo bomber ran out of fuel without sighting the Enterprise. Pilot Harold Dixon, radioman Gene Aldrich and bombardier Tony Pastula managed to survive ditching in the sea.This film tells the story of what happened next. Dixon, Aldrich and Pastula had few resources and faced great dangers - trying to survive on a raft measuring only 8ft x 4ft.Such a small intimate setting is a challenge to put on screen, and this film succeeds in being engaging and enjoyable because of the well written script brought to life by a talented cast.Tom Felton as Tony Pastula may be familiar as Draco Malfoy from the 'Harry Potter' films, Jake Abel from 'Percy Jackson: The Lightening Thief' and TV's 'Supernatural' and Garret Dillahunt from 'Justified', 'CSI' and 'Deadwood' on the small screen as well films such as '12 Years A Slave' and 'No Country For Old Men'.All three are excellent in their respective roles, and their collective experience and ability hold and entertain the viewer.The film remains as faithful as possible to the actual story and the real history - and amid all the seemingly endless sea and limitless sky, an imposing vastness visually conveyed powerfully from the first opening scenes, is never in any danger of coming adrift.Very enjoyable and well worth watching.
Well acted, beautifully photographed, historically accurate film (by kneubeck)
I was fortunate enough to see a screening of this film before its theatrical release. As a student of history and a lover of films, I would highly recommend this film to both history and film buffs. All three of the main characters give well rounded performances, but I was equally impressed with the Cinematography and Musical Score. In my opinion, there are not enough Independent, low budget films like "Against the Sun", let alone historically accurate ones. Its unfortunate that films like this don't get the larger theatrical release that they so richly deserve. It is my <more>
understanding that the film's main audience will come as a result of it's digital release so hopefully it will get the recognition it deserves.
Don't except a lot to see except a lifeboat, water and three guys trying to survive. But to me that was enough because you live the whole movie like it was you that was trapped on the Pacific Ocean. The problems they have to get drinking water and food make you realize in what kind of hell they had to live during so long alone on the ocean. And when you know it's based on a true story then it makes it always a bit more special when you watch a movie like this one. I thought the actors did a good job. The conversations they had during all that time seems all plausible to me. What else <more>
would you do if you were surrounded by water without any land in sight? My wife and I certainly did enjoy this movie.