History comes alive in the unforgettable epic motion picture PEARL HARBOR, the spectacular blockbuster brought to the screen by Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay. Astounding visual and audio effects put you at the center o... more »f the event that changed the world -- that early Sunday morning in paradise when warplanes screamed across the peaceful skies of Pearl Harbor and jolted America into World War II. This real-life tale of catastrophic defeat, heroic victory, and personal courage focuses on the war's devastating impact on two daring young pilots, Ben Affleck (ARMAGEDDON) and Josh Hartnet (THE VIRGIN SUICIDES), and a beautiful, dedicated nurse, Kate Beckinsale (SERENDIPITY). PEARL HARBOR is extraordinary moviemaking -- a breathtaking reenactment of the "date which will live in infamy" and a heartfelt tribute to the men and women who lived it.« less
William J. (billystan3) from AUBURN, NY Reviewed on 2/26/2015...
For pure historical entertainment I don't think you can find a better pairing than this. The national geographic clears up all the info. from the film that is fiction but in the same breath does not hurt or belittle the Pearl Harbor movie. I think the pairing of the two is very useful for fans of history and especially Pearl Harbor's tragic history. If you enjoyed the Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett film, this pairing is definitely for you. It possesses an appeal that few war films ever achieve. I rate this collection 4.5 stars out of 5.
Its not entertaining, its not history and a bad movie...
lordhoot | Anchorage, Alaska USA | 12/13/2003
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This must be one of the worst movies ever made in the history of Hollywood. Nothing about this movie ring true and it have to be one of the most insulting movies to Pearl Harbor veterans ever made - even if you happened to be a Japanese veteran! None of the characters are believable, the love interest felt so superifical that you are in awe of the actors who actually went through the motion. The attack on Pearl Harbor have to be one of the greatest fisco ever shot on film. All the fake smoke, noise and destruction. Worst of all were the manipulative emotional chain yanking. The sad thing was, the attack on Pearl Harbor was so poorly done that it almost look comical and unless you are a total dunce, you know that you are having your chain yanked so entire sequences looked like a put on job. I can't believed that they opened this movie on an aircraft carrier at Pearl Harbor with invited veterans of the attack. What a torture that must have been!! Funny thing about this movie was that nothing worked. Love story don't work, military history don't work and acting don't work. I think the movie insulted just about every one involved presently and all those who were there back in 1941."
GretschViking | Northeastern, USA | 07/02/2002
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Why does Hollywood have to make a three hour movie about a terrible day in US history and turn it into 'As The World Turns'? I could not believe that I sat through this piece of junk. It was 2 1/2 hours of 'General Hospital' and 1/2 hour of reality. It's a shame that Hollywood feels that 99% of the films that come out today must contain some kind of soap opera setting to satisfy what they think the lady folks wish to see. I find that to be rather insulting to women and I am not a female. There is nothing romantic about December 7,1941. It gets 1 star for the actual attack sequence. I must mention that I highly doubt that while they flew over head, the Japanese pilots were signaling to the American children to take cover. Silliness. If you wish to see a great film on Pearl Harbor, seek out 'Tora! Tora! Tora!' and let this one rot."
Another attack on Pearl Harbor - well, on the movie
Madison Graves | Austin, TX USA | 06/05/2001
(2 out of 5 stars)
"In the opening of Michael Bay's "Pearl Harbor", we find two boyhood friends, Rafe Mcawley and Danny Walker, at a farm. We learn that Danny's father is a broken war veteran turned abusive father. Rafe assumes the role as an older brother towards Danny, loyally looking out for him. The audience is then jetted into the future, months before the historical, ill-fated attack on the actual Pearl Harbor, where Danny (played by Josh Hartnett) and Rafe (played by Ben Affleck) - still best buds, but much older - are training. They are both excellent, daredevil pilots; however they are very different.... However, the two are very nice to look at on screen!... Beckinsale and Affleck have no chemistry, and I, personally, did not care about their relationship... Surprisingly, Hartnett and Beckinsale played off each other very naturally and I found myself laughing a little and feeling touched. Harnett was very compelling on screen, more so than Affleck (the supposed star) but perhaps I'm just being wooed by his good looks! The film picks up, and Bay did an incredible job at depicting the attack on Pearl Harbor and the Doolittle brigade. The special effects are dazzling and they will blow you away! Jon Voight portrayed Franklin Roosevelt and he had his character down to a T! Cuba Gooding Jr. also gave a great performance as an actual cook aboard one of the ships during the attack. However, his story was overshadowed and deserved much more time and development. Alec Baldwin delivered a laughable performance as an actual general, Doolittle, who led men to revenge on the Japanese attack. Dan Ackroyd also made, I guess what you would call a cameo, and he was great!!! But again, he was barely in the movie. Although the relationship between Rafe and Danny was pretty captivating, the romance (even for me, a girl) bored me to death. Affleck did what he could with his unbelievable lines, but Hartnett was very believable, he made me cry! Beckinsale was nothing amazing, but she did surprise me towards the middle of the movie - her character becoming more realistic and heroic. The supporting roles (the other nurses and men, etc) are your classic personalities and they added little to the movieI hungered for character development, the politics of this time period and symbolism. Bay could not handle all the different levels that are vital to a movie. "Pearl Harbor" could have been a really amazing, great movie - but it lacked originality and patience. Bay was so anxious to tackle the action of the movie (which he did wonderfully), that he overlooked and hurriedly rushed through all the other GREAT stories! Also, "Pearl Harbor" is basically just a combination of other war movies... Although "Pearl Harbor" bombed in my opinion, the romantic bliss of the beginning does provide a clear contrast and foreshadowing of the horror to come. And, the film is very effective and I feel, although it is more Hollywood, than history, it did give justice to those who actually experienced the attack. This movie is no masterpiece, that's for sure, and it won't get an academy award - unless it wins for something like sound or effects - but I have to recommend it. It really is pretty thrilling and entertaining, and it does move you! Hans Zimmer's score will form a lump in your throat! "Pearl Harbor" is a crowd pleaser, and I doubt many adults and teens won't like it... certainly one to see at the theatre. But, as a critic, I can't fall for the charismatic Josh (even though he did a great job and this should be a step up in his career) and it just disappoints me that Bay directed this film. If Spielberg had done it, it would have probably been up for 'Best Picture' or something... it really could have been great... oh well. But, despite MY attack on "Pearl Harbor" - go see it - it's worth it. No matter what the critics say, you are probably planning to see it - or have already seen it, any way."
Know what you're getting into B-4 you go!
GretschViking | 05/31/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)
"All I can say is this movie was over three hours long, and 70% of it was a very sluggish and unrelated love triangle that took entirely too long to blossom. I was really excited about this movie and must say I left the theater slightly irritated with the product they delivered. Very little wartime detail was given, and what was given was not explained in the kind of detail I was anticipating. I went to see a movie about Pearl Harbor. Instead I saw a very tedious, boring, lovers lament type story that left me unfulfilled. A better title would have been "A love story at Pearl Harbor" or "Even in War there can be Love" or something other than "Pearl Harbor" because this movie focused on a (lacking at best) love triangle, not war. It's obvious to me that this was an attempt to "copy" the success of Titanic using the same idea of a love story. It missed. Know what you're going to see before you go, and the movie will more "enjoyable"."
OH... What could have been????
Chris Kennison | Jefferson City, Mo United States | 12/09/2001
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I had a lot of preconceived notions about Michael Bay before I watched Pearl Harbor. You couldn't have dragged me to go see this at the theatre. In fact, I waited till $1 rental day to watch it. I personally think Directors like Michael Bay and Roland Emmerich are everything that is wrong with hollywood... and I wasn't disappointed.Too many movies go straight to production because of a concept, rather than taking the time and making sure the story is in place and it's something worth telling. Of course Pearl Harbor is something worth telling, but it has to be more than that. It's the personal stories that make it such a great and tragic story.Too bad Director's like Fred Zinnemann, Michael Curtiz or Alfred Hitchcock weren't around to give this movie some substance. Director's of that class are a dieing breed. Meanwhile, young, visionless, money hungry, let's blow some stuff up, lets keep it moving director's are taking their place.I can just imagine the pow-wow sessions that started Pearl Harbor: "Lets see... the 60th anniversary of Pearl Harbor is coming up, gotta do a movie. People loved Titanic. We can't do a sequel to Titanic, but we can do another disaster. It can happen. Let's make Pearl Harbor the biggest POPCORN MOVIE of all time."Popcorn movie.... yes, it is... and it's too bad. Because popcorn movies are forgettable movies. Ten years from now, we'll remember movies like Saving Private Ryan and Titanic because they had substance. Pearl Harbor only joins the list of movies that made big money, but made no impact, like Independence Day, Armageddon, Godzilla and the Patriot.On a positive note. The movie wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. The performances were good. KATE BECKINSALE was as beautiful and confident as ever. The action sequences are incredible and intense. It is a movie that has its merits. Yet, it could have been so much better had the producers taken their time, instituted more ACTUAL and FACTUAL stories and spent more time on the methods of telling a story, rather then pouring all their efforts into attack sequences.Don't buy this DVD. Another example of what I'm talking about. The 60th anniversary of Pearl Harbor came up and they had to capitalize off of that, so they rushed out a lesser version of what they're offering later down the road. That way they can get your money twice. The movie is divided onto two disks and the subtitles are hard to read. If you do want to buy this, wait for the special edition director's cut DVD coming out on May 14."