USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage

USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage

Mario Van Peebles (2016)

124min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Nicolas Cage stars in the true story of the USS Indianapolis, the ship that delivered components for the Hiroshima atomic bomb. It was subsequently torpedoed, resulting in the US Navy's largest loss of life at sea. The infamous story is butchered in this shoddily assembled disaster film that is filled with awful dialogue, corny subplots and bad effects. The cast are left flailing against the waves and a lack of compelling backstory, as a dull first hour gives way to the survival portion of the story, where we are asked to be invested in characters we know very little about. Cage stares blankly throughout, reciting lines as if reading from a shopping list. Whatever a captain is supposed to inspire is absent from his detached performance. Men of Courage makes an almighty mess of American history, steering clear of anything even remotely entertaining in favour of shambolic anti-cinema.

Summary

A US Navy cruiser delivers the atomic weapons that will eventually be used at Hiroshima and Nagasaki to their destination, only to be sunk on the return journey. The surviving crew members are left stranded in the Philippine Sea for five days, enduring starvation and constant shark attacks. Fact-based Second World War drama, starring Nicolas Cage and Tom Sizemore.

Cast & Crew

Captain Charles B McVay Nicolas Cage
McWhorter Tom Sizemore
Lt Adrian Manrks Thomas Jane
Brian "Bama" Smithwick Matt Lanter
Admiral Parnell James Remar
Waxman Brian Presley
Hashimoto Yutaka Takeuchi
Clara Emily Tennant
Director Mario Van Peebles
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Violence swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-ray
Drama