The story of the Battle of Midway, told by the leaders and the sailors who fought it.
Roland Emmerich’s “Midway,” is not simply a rousing adventure film but is also a respectful tribute to the men who gave their lives during this decisive battle, marking a new sense of maturity to the director’s work. Having cut his teeth on sci-fi epics, most notably “Independence Day” and “The Day After Tomorrow,” the filmmaker is no stranger to big screen spectacles, having used CGI-effects from their infancy to render his expansive end-of-the-world scenarios. In a sense, these movies have all been a warm-up for “Midway,” as the visuals on display are as spectacular as anything that can be rendered with 0’s and 1’s. The surprise here is the human element, which is as genuine as the war scenes are manufactured, something that’s been absent in Emmerich’s previous efforts.
It comes as no surprise that the filmmaker is able to pull off rousing computer-generated action sequences as the battle scenes are truly rousing. However, it’s the reverence and respect that’s paid to these warriors that is a surprise, marking a new sense of maturity to Emmerich’s work.