War movies are worth their weight in gold in the cinema side of things, but when they get transformed into TV series, they often leave viewers with a sour taste in their mouths.
The most recent war series, Band of Brothers. did a great job of attracting viewers with its great cinematography and battle scenes, but it did nothing to entertain the viewers in it’s plot.
The series seemed content on just having a high budget of effects and seemed like a good plot was not deemed important enough.
The good news is that the new TV war series, The Pacific, is far from being a flop, and is in fact a great mini-series based on the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.
Since 2007 when we were promised Channel Seven would team up with HBO for the making of the series, we were left in high anticipation of when it would eventual hit our small screens.
On paper, it reads a super impressive set list. Steven Spielberg as director Ton Hanks as main actor. The formula should not fail, and it hasn’t.
The Pacific begins with America turning its attention to the South Pacific after the bombing. US Marines sign up in droves to defend their country and are shipped off to miniscule islands they have never heard of.
Each episode of The Pacific opens with Tom Hanks’ narration over vintage footage and interviews with surviving veterans.
As entertainment, The Pacific is a masterful work, epic in ambition and execution, but I suspect one which will be significantly impacted from mood-breaking commercials more than most television.
The Pacific premieres 8:30pm Wednesday April 14 on Channel Seven.
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