The Great Escape

Posted by barb on Jul 2, 2004 in Movies |

3/5 stars

We’ve had this movie in the house for almost two months. It’s three hours long, and really more of a committment that either of us has had time for lately. We rented it because it’s one of those films that it seems everyone should see. It’s about an attempted escape of 250 prisoners from a prisoner-of-war camp in Germany during WWII.

The tone of the movie really reminded me of Hogan’s Heroes, and I suspect that the movie was an inspiration for the show. The problem, though, was that the movie really took the subject matter too lightly. I wonder if they thought that it was the only way to ensure an audience, but I just found it disconcerting. Especially when the chipper music started just after we saw one of the men killed on the prison camp barbed-wire fence.

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