directed by Terence Malick
Terence Malick’s film about WWII is potent, poetic and powerful, a true tour de force that builds up steam slowly, blowing you away with the final scene much like his most recent film, The New World. It’s a final scene that must be earned, however, and none of Malick’s films are films you can just pop in whenever and watch. You have to want it, to need it, almost. The cast list alone would take up an entire page, and rest assured, everyone is astoundingly wonderful, and in Malick’s hands, the total is far greater than the sum of its parts. Ethereal and profound, serene and melancholy, The Thin Red Line is one of the best war films of all time and a true film in every sense of the word.