The Alamo (Widescreen Edition)
starring Dennis Quaid, Billy Bob
Thornton, Emilio Echevarría, Jason
Patric, Patrick Wilson
Despite a troubled production history including a switch in directors, budget
overruns, and delayed release dates, The Alamo turned out to be a
remarkably intelligent mini-epic of corrective historical biography.
Dispensing with the grandiose myth-making of previous films on this
subject (including John Waynes gung-ho 1960 version), this well-written
film breathes new, credibly dimensional life into the stodgy legends of
Davy Crockett (Billy Bob Thornton), Jim Bowie (Jason Patric), and Lt. Col.
William Travis (Patrick Wilson), who fought with 185 Anglo-Texican settlers
(some historians claim their numbers were closer to 250) during the bloody
13-day siege by 5,000 Mexican soldiers at the titular San Antonio mission-
turned-fortress in 1836. While Gen. Sam Houston (Dennis Quaid)
anguishes over military strategy and reluctantly withholds much-needed
support, the Alamo defenders face the unbeatable multitudes commanded
by Mexican Gen. Santa Anna (Emilio Echevarria), and the screenplay (on
which John Sayles was an early contributor, when Ron Howard was slated
to direct) allows the central heroes to reveal a richer, more substantial
humanity beneath their mythic reputations. Tackling his biggest production
to date, director John Lee Hancock (who previously worked with Quaid on
The Rookie) reportedly shot 100 hours of footage, so its almost miraculous
that this 135-minute battle drama is so evenly balanced in telling its oft-told
tale. Thornton was deservedly singled out for his fine performance, and
Dean Semlers cinematography is Oscar-worthy throughout. Of course, any
film about the Alamo necessarily includes speculative history, and this
ones no exception, but its got a ring of truth that previous versions
conspicuously lacked. --Jeff Shannon
The movie is about the Mexican War. The war was fought between
thousands of Mexicans and a few hundred Texans for the ownership of
Texas. The Texas army was lead by three historical commanders William
Travis, James Bowie and David Crockett. At the end of the movie, the
Texans won the battle, even though they were highly out numbered.
Overall I enjoyed the movie because the acting and the scenery was
amazing. Billy Bob Thornton truly understood his role as David Crockett
and personalized it by adding his own southern accent and heartfelt
emotion. While Jason Patric played the role of James Bowie, a
commander of the Texan army who bravely fought in the war. The
scenery was breathe taking because it felt like you were actually in Texas
during the war.
Overall I rate this movie 5 out of 5 stars. So if you like action, drama, and
historical films then you will like this one.
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