The Thin Red Line (1998) Blu Ray
by: Adam Thorn
As years pass, I have come to realise that The Thin Red Line is a paradoxically beautiful and realistic war film. It is a cinematic dichotomy, The Thin Red Line, at its core. A poetic, loving film about humankind's difficult and violent relationship with our environment and fellow man. It is moving and in parts complex. Like war it sprawls and features many characters. It may have one of the best (all male) casts ever.
What I like particularly about Thin Red Line though is the contemplative, confused, caring and neutral nature it manages. The violence, while not absent, is subjugated by a human approach, focusing on the emotions of the afflicted, both American and Japanese. It is all very affecting, both in its beauty and its misery. The Thin Red Line is as believable a portrait of war as Saving Private Ryan, but simultaneously totally different in style and ethos.