|Sometimes being a non-typical hero is best|
He is the 'stand-in' for every man. He is not your normal hero, the gung-ho soldier with testosterone shooting out every orifice as he dives head first into battle, but rather the quiet man who volunteers because he needs to, because it's the right thing to do.
I suspect that years from now, what audiences will remember most are not the battles and the destruction, instead it will be the parachute drop into San Francisco. Visually it is stunning, it is spectacle without the spectacular: red flares falling like drops of blood. And musically? For those who didn't recognize the background piece, it is "Also Sprach Zarathustra," a tone poem composed by Richard Strauss. If you did recognize it, you're probably remembering it from Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey."
I don't usually purchase movies but I may purchase this because it was fun. I have a friend who still hasn't seen it so I may end up going to see it a 2nd time, which wouldn't be a bad thing.