Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Pork Chop Hill (1959)

Finding a used copy of this Korean War drama on Amazon took a lot of time.

I should have saved myself the effort and money.

Pork Chop Hill is a massive disappointment.

This black-and-white effort from 1959 boasted lots of potential. Gregory Peck held the leading role. A slew of up-and-coming actors are featured in the cast including Norman Fell and Gavin Macleod. Pork Chop Hill is based on a true story from the Korean War. Director Lewis Milestone helmed the original All Quiet on the Western Front.

Too bad it's hard for the viewer to connect with the characters, who come and go. There's little tension in the battle scenes. What looks to be studio filming takes away from the story's realism. Finally, what's supposed to be the climatic battle isn't even shown. Yikes, what a letdown. Most of the movie's attempted humour falls flat.

Peace talks are underway to end the Korean War. Both the American and Chinese leaders want to capture Pork Chop Hill as a sign of strength over the other nation. Peck and his men are assigned to capture the objective, but are given minimal assistance.

Take a pass on Pork Chop Hill. There must be a better Korean War drama out there, right?

RATING: 4/10

Peck does shine in a Second World War drama, Twelve O'Clock High. That film is highly recommended by this film fan.