Flags of Our Fathers is a compelling war time story that portrays the lives of the 6 men immortalized in perhaps one of the most important war photographs ever to be caught on film.The film revolves around the lives of men who fought the battle at Iwo Jima and more specifically around those who raised the American flag during the course of the war. The film is shown as the story of a person who tries to understand his father’s role in this particular event.
My love for war time movies was all it took to get me to watch this movie. However it must be said that this movie could have been made a whole lot better.Ryan Phillippe who portrays the character of John ‘Doc’ Bradley fails to impress at all as he appears to constantly do one thing – stare at the camera. The only actor who managed to bring forth any emotion was Adam Beach who portrayed Ira Hayes. Apart from a couple of hundred bullets flying in all directions, a couple of direct-hit tank explosions and a whole spectacle of navy capabilities (in one of the scenes) the movie hardly does anything to intrigue its audience for the whole duration of the movie.
However if you haven’t watched a war movie in quite a while this would be the ideal one to stage a comeback with.