Three stars (R)
Ryan Phillippe, Jesse Bradford, Adam Beach, John Benjamin Hickey
The first of Clint Eastwood’s WWII Iwo Jima films jumps back and forth between battle scenes and a war bond tour on the home front featuring three of the young soldiers that appeared in the iconic photo, “Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima.” The most effective part of the ambitious film deals with the young men that become government designated heroes. The problem is that the point gets made about halfway through the film and starts to feel redundant as the war bonds tour keeps rolling on … and on … and on. 131 minutes.
DVD INFO: The two-disc special edition includes a making-of feature, interviews and featurettes.