MIDWAY

Language :  English
Sub title :  Arabic
Genre :  Action
Release date :  07/11/2019
Actors :  Woody Harrelson, Dennis Quaid, Nick Jonas, Ed Skrein, Mandy Moore, Patrick Wilson, Aaron Eckhart, Luke Evans

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Directed by Roland Emmerich (Independence Day) and based on the real-life events, Midway tells the story of the leaders, pilots and soldiers who used their instincts, fortitude and bravery to overcome overwhelming odds in a deciding battle during WWII.

Show Times

VOX Cinemas city Centre Muscat
1:45 PM 4:30 PM 7:15 PM 10:00 PM
VOX Cinemas city Centre Qurum
12:40 PM 3:20 PM 6:00 PM 8:40 PM 11:20 PM
VOX Cinemas Ruwi
2:45 PM 5:30 PM 11:15 PM 4:45 PM
VOX Cinemas MGM
11:30 AM 2:10 PM 7:35 PM 10:15 PM
VOX Cinemas Shatti
1:10 PM 3:50 PM 6:30 PM 9:10 PM 11:50 PM
VOX Cinemas Panorama Mall
10:55 AM 1:35 PM 6:40 PM 11:55 PM

Reviews

This could have been SO good! Up to around half way through, the film is an accurate though not particularly enthralling account of the period from the late 1930s (before outset of US/Japanese hostilities) up to the eve of the epochal Battle of Midway, taking in the early stages of the conflict beginning with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor Dec 7 1941, followed by the US retaliatory Doolittle Raid on Tokyo in April 1942 and on up to the Battle of Midway, June 4 - 7 1942.

Good period detail, especially the US Douglas Dauntless SBD dive bombers and Devastator torpedo planes on show. Alas, the US characters, all historic figures, are largely wooden and one-dimensional, towering above them (and indeed everyone on his own side) is C-in-C Japanese Combined Fleet, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto (Etsushi Toyokawa) the reluctant shogun, Harvard-educated, western-leaning, knew Japan couldn't hope to win a long war with the USA, and opposed to - at some danger to himself - Japanese expansionism in Manchuria and China. "But" as he admonishes the US naval attaché in Tokyo before outbreak of hostilities "don't box us into a corner", a reference no doubt to the US oil embargo of Japan in 1937 in response to the Japanese invasion of China. All his senior officers who were with him when news of the successful Pearl Harbor attack reached them, deny he ever talked about 'awakening a sleeping giant' but ingeniously this movie has him saying that to a geisha companion. It's perfectly true, the Admiral loved the company of geishas much to the consternation of his wife.

So, up to the eve of the epochal Battle of Midway, all good. But the battle itself descends into a series of CGI-enhanced sequences of aerial dogfights and attacks on enemy 'flat-tops' which, given director Roland Emerich's previous movies, could easily be something from 'Independence Day' or starships v aliens!! The viewer loses interest and stops caring who's attacking who. The script writers try hard for accuracy - all is confusion on board Japanese flagship Akagi as task force commander Nagumo dithers fatally over whether or not to call a second airstrike against Midway Island or launch an attack on US carriers he discovers lie to his north - but this film would have benefitted greatly by dramatizing the arguments on-board US flagship Enterprise as to the different choices available to the on-the-spot commanders as the action unfolded. The film's verdict, awarding a lack-lustre CinCPac Admiral Nimitz (Woody Harrelson), sitting 1500 miles away in Hawaii, with all the credit for the eventual US victory, and none to on-the-spot commander Admiral Ray Spruance (in this movie a peripheral figure) is distinctly historically wonky.

Anyway, perhaps we expected too much. This film was made for a distinctly mass-market Chinese audience judging by the opening distribution credits!