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DVD Reviews: Hamburger Hill

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Reviewed by Tory Favro
Review Date: 6 March 2003
Distributed by:
Magna Pacific
Running Time: 105 Minutes

Hamburger Hill is the story of Airborne Company Bravo and their attempt to take a hill in Vietnam dubbed by the soldiers, "Hamburger Hill" for the way it minces human flesh. Starring Dylan McDermott and Don Cheadle, Hamburger Hill has it's high and low points as a movie.

For the horror of war, this title has it's work cut out for it as despite the terror the real soldiers must have felt making their way up this hill of death, I am not sure that the campaign was enough to create a whole movie around it.

Don't get me wrong, the movie plays well and it's enjoyable enough to watch. It does drag a little and could have done with being considerably shorter. Reviewing war movies is always a tough one, especially those based on true event, so I must stress that this review is on the movie not the events that actually took place.

I enjoyed the start of the film where we got to know the primary characters and were given a brief introduction to the Vietnam that the soldiers possibly encountered during that period. This part of the movie was in my opinion, the best part of the film and the actual combat scenes were not carried out very well in comparison to recent endeavours. I am taking into account that this was filmed in 1987 and special effects were not what they are now. For the latter part of the movie all we are doing is watching men struggle up a muddy hill, which does not compelling viewing make.

The movie does however sound brilliant and all praise is due there.  The film itself to look at is somewhat grainy and I am not sure if that is a result of the transfer source of a deliberate wash by the filmmakers. The screen is enhanced for widescreen 16:9 televisions.

I'd recommend this to anyone into war movies. The  second half is a bit of a letdown however it is outweighed by the rest of the feature. I certainly enjoyed it.

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