Monday, March 14, 2016

Twelve O'Clock High

Twelve O'Clock High is a film that fails in rather odd ways in its detailing of the war effort of bomber pilots during WW II. A major failing is its use of real combat footage which despite being the real thing fails to be cinematic in the least. The faked footage from 30 Seconds Over Tokyo worked in a far more effective fashion just a few years before. The scenes here just kind of sit there as no connection to the people in the planes can be made unfortunately. This is also caused by the cast where honestly its far too difficult to tell who's who within the film. When it is announced that one character died, I could not tell you who he was or who played him. It's not a terrible film as it tries to capture some difficult themes, such a mental trauma from combat, but it has too many fundamental flaws to make a successful film.

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