Ben Affleck, Josh Harnett, Kate Beckinsale, Alec Baldwin, Jon Voight
Special edition two-disc set; widescreen; closed caption; Spanish subtitles; "Journey to the Screen: The Making of Pearl Harbor"; The History Channel documentary "Unsung Heroes"; Faith Hill music video "There You'll Be". DVD-ROM: "Definitive Bibliography."
|Sure, it's ostensibly about the devastating Dec. 7, 1941 attack launched by the Japanese on the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor the tragedy that finally brought America into World War II. The you-are-there digital effects are magnificent in the battle scenes, particularly the central sequence the 40-minute assault on Pearl Harbor. But this leaden mega-budget blockbuster, from the director of "Armageddon," transforms a pivotal moment in history into a feel-good "Independence Day"-styled action film, complete with a gratuitous hour-long coda showing the Yanks striking back via a surprise raid on Tokyo. (Somebody yell "Wahoo!") A tough-to-swallow love triangle (noble nurse Kate Beckinsale is torn by her feelings for best buddies/ace flyboys Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett) is shoehorned into the action, and the script is a mess of predictable plot devices and pathetically corny dialogue that seem lifted from an actual World War II B-movie. With Alec Baldwin and Jon Voight.|