August 23, 2005
The new movie "The Great Raid" tells an inspiring true story from World War II about 121 Army Rangers going 30 miles behind Japanese lines to rescue POW's who had survived the Bataan Death March.
With a talented cast led by Joseph Fiennes and Benjamin Bratt, the movie avoids over-the-top Hollywood clichés, focusing instead on everyday heroism of men in uniform.
Most critics, however, hated this picture.
This negativity reflects political bias, not honest artistic judgment: one Internet reviewer cited the movie's "stark black-and-white tones you'd get in a Bush State of the Union Speech" while the New York Times related the film to "reckless war-mongering" and "ill-fated imperial ventures."
Despite critical distaste for any project that glorifies our armed forces, the American people are finding-and loving-"The Great Raid" which, in its first weekend, earned the third-highest per screen box office take of all major releases.
I'm Michael Medved.
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