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We Were Soldiers
  • Director 
     Randall Wallace
  • Actors 
     Mel Gibson, Barry Pepper, Greg Kinnear, Sam Elliott, Chris Klein
  • Year 
     2002
  • Notable Appearance 
     M16 A1 VN, AK47, M1 A1, Seminov SKS, Colt 45, CAR 15
  • Story 
     7
  • Combat Scenes 
     9
  • Weapon Variety 
     7
  • High Factor 
     8

 

Based on the true story of Lt. Col. Hal Moore (Mel Gibson), who led 400 American soldiers into the first bloody battle of the Vietnam War. Lots of exciting battle sequences add to a thrilling experience that makes you want to pick up an M16 rifle and join these brave men in battle.

As deemed by The Chicago Sun, major historical battles may seem full of glory when seen from afar, but they're always terrible when you see them up close. The November 1965 Battle of Ia Drang Valley (or "The Valley of Death") - the subject of the exciting new Randall Wallace-Mel Gibson war movie, "We Were Soldiers" - was one of the bloodiest of the entire Vietnam War. Probably the best thing you can say about "We Were Soldiers" is that it does justice to an awful conflict.

The move depicts that hellish 3-day clash in which about 400 U.S. soldiers found themselves surrounded by some 2,000 North Vietnamese and had to fight their way out is a battle that foreshadowed the war, fought by an uneasy superpower on ground that became a living hell. "We Were Soldiers," which shows the battle in exhaustive detail and the soldiers with deep sympathy, tries to avoid all superficiality - even if it doesn't always succeed. At its best, it's a film of great dedication but less style: an old-fashioned inspirational war film full of reverence for these heroes trapped in their new and terrifying war.

Many compare this movie with Black Hawk Down, given the chronological proximity in which they were both released. Because "We Were Soldiers is much more of a conventional movie that captures basic emotions easily comprehended by audiences,, "Soldiers" may win the audience even more strongly than the chaotic, multi-character Somalian war story "Black Hawk Down." Writer-director Wallace is less of an artist than "Black Hawk" director Ridley Scott; he's more conventional in his storytelling, less daring and brilliant visually. But "We Were Soldiers" is the kind of movie audiences tend to like more.

We simply love this movie for it's fire-fight sequences that are easier to follow and enjoy. If gut wrenching action and a love of M16's is what suits you, then this movie is a must watch.

Visit the official site for one of the most high quality internet trailers we have seen. You need to download the latest version of Quicktime to view it, though we reckon its well worth the trouble. Full stereo sound too!