'Miracle at Santa Ana' a gritty look at war
"Miracle at St. Anna" is a long movie, brutal at times, often touching, intense, has some humor, and at the end leaves a lump in your throat.
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#1 Oct 5, 2008
This picture has many excellent things to say.
• It shows an Afro-American who "never even touched a dead one (Caucasian)" showing such touching concern for an orphaned boy (who represents pure innocence).
• It shows places in our own country where some people were considered as something less than human, something I might add was a central tenet of Nazi philosophy.
• It shows how people can become so stressed in such situations that the question,“What is the purpose of all this and of life in general?” which takes many forms, be it religious, social, or philosophical.
One can see the boy, Angelo,(which translates to Angel) as the linchpin in the plot. The child actor was superb. We see him first as a child who is living in his own world because of the horrible things that will come to the front later in the movie. Toward the end of the picture we see a worn-torn Angelo dream that his friend, Arturo, who has come to take him to his father’s home. Arturo tells Angelo that he must remember all of what he has seen as it was their time to be children - his giant soldier friend dead, the German soldier who saved and befriended Angelo also dead, the massacre of his parents and his short life with them is now but a horrible memory. Yet we see the nobility of the soldiers who did their best to protect with their lives the simple people of the town when these soldiers could have just left. It’s in times like these that clichés like Freedom, Liberty and so on take a back seat to humanity. It’s at times like these the best and the worst is brought out in people. This is what Angelo would remember. He would choose to use what he remembered to make positive contributions.
Yes, this is a movie written and made for the intelligent individual. Loved it!
#2 Feb 28, 2009
Outstanding movie. I would say it is a great, great movie. It should had been considred for an Oscar. The one who didn't like it must only like the Jason movies, if you know what I mean. I saw this movie twice and the second time around was even better. This movie is an Oscar WINNER for me!!!!!
#3 Mar 2, 2009
I found this movie quite the contrary. I thought it was filled with hate towards white Americans. I really tried hard to like this movie, and thought it had it's moments, but they were all overshadowed by hate.
-There was not one decent white American in this movie. They were all portrayed as worste than Nazis, which I find highly offensive. The translation is something that can only be portrayed as a racist director would put it.
-It would be one thing if these might have been true historical accounts, but it's not. This account is someone's hateful interpretation of what never happened. America has had it's racial-and even more so-cultural differences (and still does), but it is our Unity in diverse matters that has always made us strong.
I just wish more of that story would've been told as well.
#4 Mar 2, 2009
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