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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 7:16 pm 
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An actually palatable "chick flick"

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"War is Tragedy"

ByAnthropoid December 5, 2017

Format: Amazon Video|Verified Purchase

World War II was as close humanity has ever come to Armageddon. Estimates of the total number killed during the war range from 50 million to as high as 80 million. To put that in perspective, the entire modern day populations of France, UK and Germany are 64, 65 and 81 million respectively. What those numbers all too easily conceal, is that each of those victims was the son or daughter of a father and mother. Each victim of that horrific war was a loved one to someone, for at least some phase of their life. When one attempts to digest the tragedy of WWII in terms that delve deeper than mere numbers, our common human capacity for compassion and empathy are stretched beyond means by the staggering numbers, but the truth is that every single death was a tragedy born from needless aggression, greed, and dehumanizing egotism.

Allied is a masterful window into that war which manages to convey the tragedy of all those deaths by focusing on the experiences of one Canadian SAS agent and the resistance fighter with whom he becomes embroiled in North Africa. The movie achieves its masterful poignancy through a careful balancing of cinematic elements: fights, seductions and negotiations, all brought to life with textured, colorful and exotic renderings comprising excellent camera work, consistently above average acting (and more than one fine performance), extraordinary sets, costumes and props and an effective and non-intrusive sound track. The violence is convincingly shocking and abrupt, the intrigue is sufficient, the mystery engrossing. If I could give the movie a 4.5 I would do so, as it is not in truth "perfect." But it achieves what it sought to with total success and leaves the viewer with the strong sense of just how tragic that war, and in truth all wars truly were.

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Thirty Years' War was worse but the worst were the Mongol Conquests and the Qing Conquest of Ming. Those were truly apocalyptic.

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I watched the movie last night and thought it was enjoyable.

It’s worth watching.

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