Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Review: The Guns of Navarone

Not your usual war flick. I kinda liked it.
Plot: a specialized group is formed to do the impossible: get on to the island of Navarone undetected and disarm the incredibly large guns that the Nazi's have built there.
Peck plays the man initially brought in for transportation because in order to get on to the island without being detected, they have to scale a 500 foot cliff, and he once was a champion climber. Brought in to do the job is also a friend/enemy of Mallory's (played by Quinn), a professor of chemistry who is a genius with bombs (played by Niven), a trained killer, and a relation of their resistance contact on the island, and the leader of the group who is "lucky"
Its full of its ups and downs and the last 10 minutes leaves you on the edge of your seat.
Acting wise, it is ok. Niven and Quinn both really earn their roles. They are great. Peck is Peck. Don't get me wrong, I love him, but he is just so mellow. Even the scene where he does loose his temper and threatens one of the men is just not powerful. It just doesn't seem real, although it is quite a shift in character, and I'm not entirely convinced that he (the character) means what he says, or he is just trying to scare the man. So, if that is the case then I will retract my above statement.
Overall, okay:
3 and 1/2 out of 5 stars

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