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|Men of Honor
by Clint Morris
Like the recent, Legend of Bagger Vance, "Men of Honor" is a highly
ambitious movie, but unfortunately, probably gets knocked
down a spot or two into that 'good movie' territory. It
just has it's minor probs, plot holes etc - and that's
probably what keeps it from being something great."Men of Honor" is a damn fine watch,
"'You Splashing me? I said you splashing me?"
especially when compared to some of the other military dramas
of late, notably the hokey Rules of Engagement.
Known as 'Navy Diver' throughout production, this film is
exactly about that, a 'Navy Diver'. Cuba Gooding Jr plays
real-life character, Carl Brashear, who becomes the first
ever black Navy Diver. The film concentrate's on Brashear's
determination to become the best, and his run-ins with his
fellow divers, seniors who don't want to pass him and tough
as nails, cheif Billy Sunday (De Niro).
Predictably, against all odds, Carl shows them all - but it
comes at a price, but this is when an old foe, Sunday, steps
in to make up for his predjudice and jealousy.
Not a bad movie at all actually. Might have just needed a
splash of editing or gloss somewhere in there though.
It's definetly a performance movie. De Niro is a knockout,
as always, as Sunday. A real character.
Cuba is also quite good as Brashear, with Charlize Theron in
a very small, but pivotal role, as Sunday's wife.
Among the other players is David Conrad, as nasty as can be.
You may recall him as Agent Pierce in episodes of "Roswell", and
Joshua Leonard, best remembered as Josh from "The Blair
Witch Project".De Niro is the jewel of the film, and had this film been
handled a little more effectively, it could have been something
to watch out for come Oscar Time.
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originally posted: 12/13/00 01:42:24