Midway, May 1941. After the Doolittle Raid Japan aims to expand its territory in the Pacific, to make such raids less likely. Their next target: Midway Island. However, the US Navy is intercepting their messages and has partially cracked their encryption code, forewarning them of Japan’s intentions. Two US aircraft carrier task groups are sent to Midway, resulting in the one of the most important battles in history.
It’s overall what counts
Ignore the bad press. This is a good film
Again I am forced to say this. History is impossible to film as it happened. Everything is based on someone’s memory and rarely on the facts, whatever they happen to be. With the possible exception of Charlton Heston being over cast for what should have been a lessor role with a lessor actor, this film has nothing…I repeat nothing to be ashamed about. The viewing of the events leading up to Midway, just as in the equally watchable “Tora! Tora! Tora!” is helped by being viewed from both sides. It makes it easier, for one thing to understand the motivations of both sides.
I am always entrusted in the music, and the music here was excellent as always. Very fitting to the film. I have to say I am not one for war movies usually, so it takes something special to interest a history major like myself.