War/Drama mixed to good effect.
Ciaran from Dublin, 23 Jul 2007
A story about the propaganda garnered from the photo of the marines hosting the flag at the pinnacle of Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima. The movie shows the battles leading to the American victory and cuts into the future lives of the soldiers from the photo. An interesting blend of how the war was seen from the eyes of those fighting it and also from those back home who hadn't a notion of the horrors these men went through. There is action but it is secondary to the plot of the power of propoganda.
John from Dublin, 13 Dec 2007
Great job by clint eastwood directing in this story about the soldiers in the iconic photograph of the american flag being raised during the battle of Iwo Jima. Great depiction of the horrors of war and the effects of it on young soldiers. Good cast, stunning cinematography and quality soundtrack. Watch with Letters from Iwo Jima to get relatively impartial view from either side of the battle. More of a drama than a war flick... so the second half may seem slow if you're looking for action.
Decent war film
Brian from Mayo, 31 Oct 2007
This tells the story of the famous picture of the Marines raising the US flag on Iwo Jima. It shows very well how the men who raised it were affected by the subsequent publicity, as well as the story behind the raising itself. Its a good examination of propaganda and how an image can be twisted to suit a certain cause. As has been said, the method used here, with flashbacks, voice overs, etc is a little excessive. I felt that a straight telling of the story would be just as effective.
Not too gung-ho, small incident,interesting story
taliska from Kilkenny, 16 Jan 2008
Based on the story surrounding one of the iconic photographs of WW2. The depiction of the raising of the US flag over Iwo Jima taken during the WW2 battle between US and Japanese troops to take control of the island subsequently became a powerful propaganda tool.
The movie avoids being overly didactic or sentimental but all the elements which can make the cinematic depiction of war stories a moving testament are there.
Worth it for the atmospheric cinematography alone.
A story of a flag raising
Peter from Mayo, 09 Oct 2007
Not near as good as its companion piece Letters from Iowa Jima. Takes nearly a couple of hours to tell a story that Johnny Cash told as well in 3 minutes in the song Ira Hayes. Good for the background it gives into the symbolic photo of WW2 of the raising of the US flag on Iowa Jima, Be good to see another one of Clint's take on the other great image of WW2 in the raising of the Soviet flag on the Reichstag in Berlin, an equally heroic and tragic tale