The next Nicolas Cage movie I’m reviewing is based on the true story of the ship of the same name during WWII. Do you know the story of the USS Indianapolis? If not then this film should give you an idea although it is only based upon true events. In any case should you consider picking it up on Blu-ray? Let’s take a look, so without further ado here’s my USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage Blu-ray Review.
- USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage (2016)
- Genre: War
- Directed by Mario Van Peebles
- Running Time: 139 mins
- UK Rating 15
- Discs: 1
- Released By Lionsgate Home Entertainment
- Blu-ray Released: 9 January 2017
The USS Indianapolis is given the job of transporting parts of the atomic bomb during the Second World War without any escort.
Style / Direction
The film is directed by Mario Van Peebles whilst Andrzej Sekula takes responsibility for the cinematography. Clearly CGI effects have been used to recreate the look and feel of the heavy cruiser and aircraft. That said I found the overall look of the effects to be very good whilst the story is well paced.
Music / Audio Effects
The music is provided by Laurent Eyquem and the best thing I can say about it is its very fitting.
Acting / Characters
This is a film with several characters and all of the main cast turn in solid performances. Nicolas Cage is the Captain of the USS Indianapolis and it’s a role he excels in.
- Nicolas Cage as Captain Charles B. McVay III
- Tom Sizemore as Chief Petty Officer McWhorter
- Thomas Jane as Lt. Adrian Marks
- Matt Lanter as Chief Petty Officer Brian “Bama” Smithwick
- James Remar as Admiral William S. Parnell
- Brian Presley as Waxman
- Yutaka Takeuchi as Commander Mochitsura Hashimoto
- Johnny Wactor as Connor
- Adam Scott Miller as Mike D’Antonio
- Cody Walker as Petty Officer Third class West
- Callard Harris as Lieutenant Standish
- Mandela Van Peebles as Theodore
- Craig Tate as Garrison
- Joey Capone as Alvin
- Emily Tennant as Clara
- Shamar Sanders as Quinn
- Max Ryan as Lt. Wilbur “Chuck” Gwinn
- Patrice Cols as Jean-Pierre
- Currie Graham as Captain Ryan
- Matthew Pearson as Duece
- Timothy Patrick Cavanaugh as Cdr. Cavanaugh
Conclusion: USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage (2016) Film Review
Although I’d never advise you to learn you history from Hollywood, USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage is a well made and told story I was unaware of before watching the movie. I found it to story full of interesting characters which probably bare no real resemblance to the real crew. That said it helps to keep you invested in the true story of the atomic bomb carrying Portland-class heavy cruiser the USS Indianapolis.
I recommend giving this one a look if you have the chance.
If you enjoyed my USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage Blu-ray Review so far you may want to check out the following films:
- Con Air (1997)
- Face/Off (1997)
- Snake Eyes (1998)
- 8mm (1999)
- Windtalkers (2002)
- Lord of War (2005)
- Bangkok Dangerous (2008)
Conclusion: USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage Blu-ray Review
There are no issues to report in the picture quality department being a film from 2016.
- The Making of USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage
On to my movie rating for USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage (2016)
- Movie Rating: WELL WORTH A LOOK
- Blu-ray Picture: PERFECT
- Extras: GOOD
Amazon UK Links
USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage (2016) is available out now on Blu-ray.
For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…
Clip may not be representative of the Blu-ray version
That concludes my USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage Blu-ray review, I’m aiming to review more Nicolas Cage movies soon. What’s next? Check back soon…
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USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage (2016) Blu-ray Review
Director(s): Mario Van Peebles
Actor(s): Nicolas Cage, Tom Sizemore, Thomas Jane, Matt Lanter, James Remar, Brian Presley, Yutaka Takeuchi
Genre: War, Drama
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Picture Rating
The story of the WWII USS Indianapolis heavy cruiser is a fascinating one