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Midway

2019  138 MN




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Roland Emmerich
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The story of the Battle of Midway, and the leaders and soldiers who used their instincts, fortitude and bravery to overcome massive odds.

 Release Date

November 6, 2019

 Runtime

2h18m (138 min)

 Budget

$ 100,000,000

 Revenue

$ 125,641,396


 Top Billed Cast

 Ed Skrein
 Lieutenant Richard 'Dick' Best
 Patrick Wilson
 Rear Admiral Edwin T. Layton
 Woody Harrelson
 Admiral Chester W. Nimitz
 Luke Evans
 Commander Wade McClusky
 Mandy Moore
 Anne Best
 Luke Kleintank
 Lieutenant Clarence Earle Dickinson


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 Tagline

One battle turned the tide of war

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 Cast

Ed Skrein
  Lieutenant Richard 'Dick' Best
Patrick Wilson
  Rear Admiral Edwin T. Layton
Woody Harrelson
  Admiral Chester W. Nimitz
Luke Evans
  Commander Wade McClusky
Mandy Moore
  Anne Best
Luke Kleintank
  Lieutenant Clarence Earle Dickinson
Dennis Quaid
  Vice Admiral William 'Bull' Halsey
Aaron Eckhart
  Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Doolittle
Keean Johnson
  Chief Aviation Radioman James Murray
Nick Jonas
  Bruno Gaido
Etsushi Toyokawa
  Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto
Tadanobu Asano
  Rear Admiral Tamon Yamaguchi
Darren Criss
  Commander Eugene Lindsey
Brandon Sklenar
  George 'Tex' Gay
Jake Manley
  Willie West
Jun Kunimura
  Vice Admiral Chūichi Nagumo
Nobuya Shimamoto
  Captain Tomeo Kaku
Brennan Brown
  Commander Joseph Rochefort
Jake Weber
  Rear Admiral Raymond Spruance
Alexander Ludwig
  Lieutenant Roy Pearce
David Hewlett
  Husband Kimmel
Mark Rolston
  Ernest King
Eric Davis
  Captain Miles Browning
Kenny Leu
  Zhu Xuesan
Rachael Perrell Fosket
  Dagne Layton
Peter Shinkoda
  Cmdr. Minoru Genda
James Carpinello
  William Brockman
Tim Beckmann
  Captain Rawlings
Sarah Halford
  Marie Pearce
Cameron Brodeur
  Sully Brown
Hiromoto Ida
  Prime Minister Tojo
Russell Dennis Lewis
  Ensigh O’Flaherty
Geoffrey Blake
  John Ford
Mikaël Conde
  Bill Miller
Jason Lee Hoy
  Pat Rooney
Ellen Dubin
  Admiral King Secretary
Jacob Blair
  Hank Potter
Matthew MacCaull
  Staff Officer (Nimitz)
Johan Strombergsson-Denora
  Radioman #1 (Enterprise SC)
Alexandre Dubois
  Radar Officer (Enterprise)
Tyler Elliot Burke
  Radar Officer (Enterprise)
Raphael Grosz-Harvey
  Lt. JG (Hospital)
Trevor Danielson
  Talker
Garret Sato
  Japanese Officer (Prison)
Neil Girvan
  Navy Yard Inspector
Ellis Arch
  Lofton Henderson
Robert Crooks
  McClusky's Radioman
Sean Colby
  Gay's Radioman
Kasey Ryne Mazak
  Signal Officer (Akagi)
Ryo Hayashida
  Deck Officer (Akagi)
Michael Chapman
  Helmsman (Nautilus)
Hiro Kanagawa
  Makigumo Captain
Leonardo Boudreau
  Passing Sailor
Tyler Hall
  William 'Slim' Townsend
Adrian Spencer
  Chief Medic (Enterprise)
James Hicks
  Edwin Kroeger
Sebastian Pigott
  Petty Officer #2
Simon Pelletier-Gilbert
  Yorktown Spotter
Ana Maria Lombo
  Ballroom Singer

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Cary Weitz
  Boom Operator
Harald Kloser
  Producer
Harald Kloser
  Music
Roland Emmerich
  Director
Roland Emmerich
  Producer
Mark Gordon
  Producer
Thomas Wanker
  Music
Doug Hardwick
  Construction Coordinator
Isabelle Guay
  Supervising Art Director
Kirk M. Petruccelli
  Production Design
Andrea Kenyon
  Casting Director
Greg P. Russell
  Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Page Buckner
  Art Direction
Brent O'Connor
  Executive Producer
Caitlin McKenna-Wilkinson
  ADR Voice Casting
Yu Dong
  Executive Producer
Michael Hoffman
  Sound Mixer
Mario Davignon
  Costume Design
Carolyn 'Cal' Loucks
  Set Decoration
Patrick Kerton
  Stunt Coordinator
Ryan Stevens Harris
  Assistant Editor
Adam Wolfe
  Editor
Patricia Binga
  Lead Animator
Harlan Glenn
  Key Costumer
Paul O'Bryan
  First Assistant Editor
Steve Neal
  Sound Editor
Matt Jackson
  Executive Producer
Martin Doepner
  First Assistant Director
Matt Hovland
  ADR Mixer
Tom Marks
  Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Eric Rylander
  Special Effects Coordinator
Jean-Pierre Paquet
  Art Direction
Katie Doyle
  Casting Director
Joseph Segura
  First Assistant Camera
Marylou Lim
  Assistant Costume Designer
Francie Brown
  Dialect Coach
Craig Hosking
  Aerial Coordinator
Reiner Bajo
  Still Photographer
Peter G. Travers
  Visual Effects Supervisor
Joshua Davis
  Gaffer
Dan Goyens
  Lighting Technician
Helene Lamarre
  Art Department Coordinator
Robby Baumgartner
  Director of Photography
Paul Corricelli
  Key Costumer
Walter Volpatto
  Digital Intermediate Colorist
Bryan Grill
  Visual Effects Supervisor
Eames Gagnon
  Gaffer
Mahealani Diego
  Assistant Makeup Artist
Christine Youngstrom
  Art Department Coordinator
Don King
  Underwater Camera
Emilie Gauthier
  Makeup Designer
Alan Markfield
  Still Photographer
Linda D. Flowers
  Hairstylist
Derek Spears
  VFX Supervisor
Puelo Deir
  Unit Publicist
Tom Macdonald
  Costume Supervisor
Josh Bower
  Boom Operator
Phil Jones
  VFX Supervisor
Dan Smiczek
  CG Supervisor
Patrick Christensen
  ADR Mixer
Eriko Miyagawa
  Casting Consultant
Laine Rykes
  Key Makeup Artist
Don Tomich
  Rigging Gaffer
Lukas Lepicovsky
  CG Supervisor
Greg Strasz
  Visual Effects Supervisor
Alvin S. Cabrinha Jr.
  Property Master
Christopher J. Wood
  Set Dresser
Rene Toye
  VFX Editor
Stephen Bacquet
  Lighting Technician
Rick Harris
  Key Rigging Grip
Les T. Tomita
  Key Grip
Cathie Valdovino
  Set Costumer
Sebastian Butenberg
  Animation Director
Gina Scarnati
  Textile Artist
Lorette Leblanc
  Script Supervisor
Jan Bezouška
  Sound Effects Editor
Andrew Ryan Turner
  Visual Effects Editor
Rick Crum
  Electrician
Carolyne de Bellefeuille
  Art Direction
Marcelo Padovani
  Assistant Hairstylist
Dany Racine
  First Assistant "A" Camera
Félix Larivière
  Hair Department Head
Jeremy Brussell
  Best Boy Grip
Julie Garceau
  Digital Imaging Technician
Soupharak Keoborakoth
  Second Assistant "A" Camera
Pierre Daudelin
  Best Boy Electric
Pamela Goldammer
  First Assistant Makeup Artist
Hale Mawae
  Set Dresser
Marcin Kasiński
  Foley Editor
Martin Chalifoux
  Construction Manager
Steven Cueva
  First Assistant Camera
Shae Salmon
  VFX Editor
Dave Goetter
  ADR Mixer
Harry Lu
  Armorer
Alastair Burlingham
  Executive Producer
Caitlin Well
  Casting Associate
Tefft Smith
  Pre-Visualization Supervisor
David Shauger
  Construction Coordinator
Peter Bawiec
  Supervising Sound Editor
Peter Bawiec
  Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Wouter van Herwerden
  ADR Recordist
Thomas Dane Wagener
  Visual Effects Coordinator
Louis Marion
  Production Sound Mixer
Steven Spady
  Visual Effects Editor
Ralph Malani
  Key Hair Stylist
Nicholas Rymond
  Leadman
Mike Gerzevitz
  Lighting Technician
Andrea Montana Knoll
  Production Consultant
Jon Lawless
  ADR Recordist
Taylor Westerfield
  Dialogue Editor
Babak Bina
  3D Generalist
Daniel Perez
  3D Generalist
Alan Shultz
  Dolly Grip
Matt Yocum
  Sound Effects Editor
Vicki Pui
  Concept Artist
Danny MAlin
  Extras Casting
Marie-Julie Besse
  First Assistant Camera
Aaron Reznick
  Visual Effects Production Manager
Tricia Kim
  Matchmove Supervisor
Radia Slaimi
  Set Designer
Bill Wang
  Visual Effects Production Manager
David Villeneuve
  Electrician
Nathalie Legault
  Assistant Makeup Artist
Micah Gallagher
  Compositing Supervisor
Jen Martin
  Costumer
Jean Scarabin
  Hairstylist
Bethan Mowat
  First Assistant Director
Angela Laprete
  Production Consultant
Marc Roth
  CG Supervisor
Errol Stussi
  Visual Effects Coordinator
Ilkka Uitto
  VFX Editor
Marshall Rainey
  Visual Effects Coordinator
Timur Yesilfiliz
  VFX Editor
Prapanch Swamy
  CG Supervisor
Tom Curtis
  Set Dresser
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  Set Decoration Buyer
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  Visual Effects Coordinator
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  Matte Painter
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  Costumer
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  Lighting Technician
Michael Porterfield
  Compositing Supervisor
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  Compositing Lead
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  Compositing Lead
Carsten H. W. Lorenz
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  Matte Painter
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  Second Assistant "B" Camera
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Stephane Boisvert
  Generator Operator
David Dinel
  Key Grip
Rebecca Gausnell
  Dialect Coach
Tricia Mulgrew
  Visual Effects Producer
Jean-Manuel Medina
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With all due respect to Roland Emmerich and to his fantastic Independence Day, his movies never quite reach their potential, ending up in constant disappointments. It doesn't matter if he has excellent casts or amazing VFX teams, his films' screenplays are almost always stuffed with narrative issues. Midway is simply another installment in his saga of letdowns. Without knowing the director, anyone who looks at this movie will feel instantly captivated. From the unbelievably talented cast to the impressive visuals, it has two attention-grabber ingredients, which can result in a remarkable film… only if the two pillars of any cinematic production are decent enough: story and characters.

These are the main issue with Emmerich's movies. His characters are not compelling or intriguing enough, and his screenplays lack creativity and excitement (whether these are written by him or someone else). When I noticed that Midway had such an acclaimed cast and that it was about the Battle of Midway, I immediately got excited. War epics are a genre that I sincerely appreciate. However, when I checked who was "running the show", I instantly lowered my expectations. Honestly, it's exactly what I expected it to be: visually gripping, but emotionally hollow.

I don't want to understate it. The CGI work in this film is jaw-dropping. The actual war is riveting with astonishing aerial sequences and powerful sound design. Even at a regular screening with the usual 7.1 Dolby surround speakers, the floor was rumbling with the explosions and the planes. This is why I think audiences will definitely enjoy this movie. Maybe not a vast majority, but surely most people will leave their theaters feeling it was good entertainment. It has a long runtime, and it's hard to get through the exposition-heavy story, but in the end, I bet the general public will appreciate the war action enough to give the whole thing a thumbs up.

Nevertheless, it's still a very superficial flick. While it's very respectful to everyone who fought in the war (including the Japanese) and to the historic event on itself, it lacks emotional attachment to its characters. Dunkirk was praised by both critics and audiences all around the world, but its main criticism connects to what I just wrote. Christopher Nolan's film also didn't have any compelling characters. However, there's a big difference between these two movies. Both their marketing and their ultimate goal are distinct. Dunkirk was all about showing the actual war. It never marketed itself as a character-study or that it would even have a significant focus on some of the heroes that fought there. Nolan repeated several times: it's about the war and the war only.

It's genuinely one of the best, if not the best, *pure* war film I've ever seen. When it comes to depicting the claustrophobic, unbreathable, restless, bloody, loud event that a devastating war is, Dunkirk is so realistic it can even become uncomfortable with just sitting in your chair (at least, I did in IMAX). On the other hand, Midway's marketing was about paying homage to "people who fought in the Battle of Midway". Hence the stellar cast compared to Nolan's just competent actors (with obvious exceptions like Mark Rylance or Tom Hardy). It spends most of its screentime trying to develop the actual people that helped win that battle, not with the action itself. Therefore, these characters need engaging scripts and emotionally resonant arcs.

Wes Tooke delivers a screenplay packed with so much exposition that a lot of it looks clearly unrealistic. Characters discuss specific topics that don't make any sense of being in a conversation at a particular time and place. Throughout the runtime, there are dialogue sequences with the sole purpose of explicitly telling the audience what we need to know to understand the story, which ends up turning the narrative confusing, convoluted, and lacking faster pacing. It's tough to get through the non-action periods, and I can't even imagine how dull it would be without such an impeccable cast. Ed Skrein remarkably portrays Dick Best, the only character who's genuinely compelling and carries a complete, well-developed arc.

Unfortunately, I didn't feel invested in any other character. Only the best movies of every year can have a numerous and talented cast while giving each and every actor an exciting role. Midway has too many characters for the story it wants to tell. In addition to this, it has to stretch its runtime because you can't get Woody Harrelson or Dennis Quaid playing secondary roles and not giving them more than just a couple of lines. As time goes by, Emmerich's storytelling structure gets needlessly more and more complicated to follow. It's yet another film added to the "wasted potential" list…

Potential due to how truly magnificent the action sequences can be. It's undeniable that these are entertaining, gripping, and exciting. The dive bombers' scenes are packed with so much tension that I was getting more and more frustrated every time they missed their target, and a bomb went into the sea. I wanted them to succeed so bad, and this feeling can only be triggered by something extraordinary. Midway's war is as close to epic as it could be, but as with every other cinematic production, if its story and its characters are not up to par with the action, there are no outstanding VFX that can save a lousy screenplay.

All in all, Midway is a respectful homage to the people who fought in the Battle of Midway, but it fails to deliver an engaging story with compelling characters. With more characters that what it needed, the runtime is stretched beyond its limit due to the numerous acclaimed actors who would never be in a movie if they didn't have more than a couple of lines. Roland Emmerich has to thank his VFX team for presenting the closest war action we could ever get of the famous battle. Truly epic visuals with tense and riveting aerial sequences, plus a powerful sound design, get your teeth biting the nails. Unfortunately, except for Ed Skrein's character, I didn't feel invested enough to appreciate the non-action moments due to the confusing, convoluted, and exposition-heavy narrative. It's a shame that a visually impressive film possesses such an emotionally dull story. However, I still recommend it for anyone who enjoys war epics and "based on a true story" adaptations.

PS: it doesn’t hurt to research a bit about the Battle of Midway. I didn’t and I’m sort of regretting that now. Don’t make the same mistake. Going in with basic knowledge of what, how, and why it happened will only help you enjoy this movie more.

Rating: C+


Wuchak

***Just the facts, Jack***

Intelligence officer Edwin Layton (Patrick Wilson) warns that a Japanese attack is imminent, but his advice is disregarded and the Japanese use their carrier fleet to attack Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Admiral Chester Nimitz (Woody Harrelson) swiftly assumes command of the heavily weakened US Pacific Fleet. After the Doolittle air raid on Tokyo & Honshu 4.5 months later, events lead up to the Battle of Midway on June 4–7, 1942. Ed Skrein plays cocky pilot Dick Best while Dennis Quaid is on hand as carrier commander William "Bull" Halsey.

"Midway" (2019) tackles the Battle of Midway and events leading up to it without throwing in a dramatic fictional story, like the love triangle of “Pearl Harbor” (2001). While I loved “Pearl Harbor” and proudly stand by it, “Midway” chooses to stick to the facts and is thrilling from beginning to end. The main cast members are all real-life figures and there’s a tribute to each at the close.

This is superior to the 1976 movie because Roland Emmerich had the CGI technology to pull off the battle scenes which take place in & above the Pacific Ocean near the atoll of Midway, which is located a little over a thousand miles west of Hawaii. The flick successfully takes the viewer right into the midst of the fight on the water, in the air and under the water. It’s exciting, horrific and revelatory.

The film runs almost 2 hours and 18 minutes.

GRADE: A-


SWITCH.

War stories are only worth retelling in film if you're doing something new and interesting with the genre. Otherwise, it's just a retread of 'Pearl Harbour' or 'Fury' or any of the dozen other thematically-empty, explosion-happy extravaganzas from the last ten years. There's a compelling, nuanced, and affecting film to be made about Midway. This is not that film.
- Jake Watt

Read Jake's full article...
https://www.maketheswitch.com.au/article/review-midway-sound-and-fury-signifying-nothing


JPV852

Admittedly I have a love for anything involving World War II and although the dialogue was a bit spotty and some of the visual effects were okay at best, I still found this to be a pretty good war movie and nice performances all around. Probably doesn't rank all that high compared to others about Midway and Pearl Harbor, yet still found it to be worth checking out. **3.75/5**


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_Midway_ is an ambitous film that sets out to follow the United States entry into World War Two, from the attack on Pearl Harbour through to the Battle of Midway. To tell this story it focuses on two main characters who are also based on real life people. There's Ed Skrein playing Dick Best, a pilot on the USS Enterprise, and Patrick Wilson playing intelligence officer Edwin Layton.

As you might imagine jamming seven months of war into just over two hours is a big task, and while they did manage to pull this off, the result is a movie that feels rushed, where we can't get to know all the many characters, and which probably requires a pretty strong knowledge of this time period in history to understand all the things that are rapidly being thrown on screen.

I actually had a lot of trouble telling who was who in many of the scenes involving the pilots. Apart from Ed Skrein and Luke Evans the rest of the pilots and rear gunners are such a copy / paste of each other and they come and go so fast on screen that you have zero time to have any kind of emotional connection to them, even though the movie tries to make you feel for them. For a lead actor, Skrein is very wooden and uninspiring, and I don't think has shoulders big enough to carry his part of the film.

Then, as if the 10,000 mile an hour story is not bad enough, this movie relies very heavily on visual effects. Apart from close-ups, everything you see that involves a ship or a plane is entirely CGI and it is woefully bad 99% of the time. I've used the Playstation analogy a lot, and this is another example. I feel like if they had cut back the story to not cover so many fights and battles, there would have been a lot less visual effect shots. And with less shots to create and render, perhaps those remaining would have come out looking more realistic. As it is, it really takes you out of the movie - the planes move like they are weightless and defy the laws of physics, the explosions look they were made in AfterEffects, and each scene on a ship has that horrible green screen glow about it.

In summary I think this movie suffers from trying to do too much all at once. This came off feeling more like a trilogy of movies about Pearl Harbour, The Doolittle Raid, and The Battle of Midway had been edited down to one single movie. The end result is a rushed film that is hard to follow, whose characters are difficult to connect with, and whose visual effects are video game level at best. This will not go down in history as a great war film.



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