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USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage

  • Drama
  • 2016
  • Mario Van Peebles
  • 124 mins
  • 15

Summary

Second World War drama based on a true story, starring Nicolas Cage, Tom Sizemore and Thomas Jane. In the closing days of the war, a US Navy cruiser is returning from a secret solo mission when it is torpedoed by a Japanese submarine, leaving the survivors to await rescue in shark-infested waters.

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Review

A star rating of 1 out of 5.

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 is 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.

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Credits

Cast

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Captain Charles B McVayNicolas Cage
McWhorterTom Sizemore
Lt Adrian ManrksThomas Jane
Brian "Bama" SmithwickMatt Lanter
Admiral ParnellJames Remar
WaxmanBrian Presley
HashimotoYutaka Takeuchi
ClaraEmily Tennant

Crew

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DirectorMario Van Peebles

Details

Guidance
Violence swearing.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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