Guns of Navarone, The

Reviewed By Slyder
Posted 05/17/01 14:14:57

"A First-Rate Action/Adventure Flick"
5 stars (Awesome)

The Guns of Navarone at first gives you the impression that you're watching a war movie. Then you see it and you come to realize that you've seen a terrific adventure movie. The film thrills you and its full of excitement all over, and has a pacing that allows you to relax and at the same time keep you up to date of what's going on. There are a few close calls but at the end the movie really delivers. That's what I thought after I watched it with some friends over at a Restaurant owners house. We certainly had a good time.

The Guns are situated in the Greek town of Navarone (hence the title) on the Mediterranean Sea that protect that side of the Greek islands. The power of these guns against battle cruisers, plus their location on a well dented cave makes the evacuation of endangered British troops on a neighboring island impossible, much less try to attack it by air, due to the dented position of the cave, which gives it even more protection. The British Intelligence know this, so their only chance is to send an elite team of commandos, led by Captain Keith Mallory (Gregory Peck), explosive specialist corporal Miller (David Niven), Mallory's old time "friend" Colonel Andrea Stavros (Anthony Quinn), the other officer in charge Major Roy Franklin (Anthony Quayle), Private Brown (Stanley Baker) AKA the "Butcher of Barcelona," and Private Spyros Pappadimos (James Darren), to go by sea and land and trying not to be detected, to destroy those guns. So these guys go on, and head towards Greece to accomplish the job, and later they get help from rebel fighters Maria Papadimos (Irene Papas), and Anna (Gia Scala). Will they get to destroy the guns, despite setbacks and a traitor in between them?

One of the things that this film has that works, is the use of classic old-fashioned action. It isn't overblown like many action movies do today, and it gives you the necessary thrills to be pleased. The FX is well made, and for that time, I'm still impressed that they could pull off some good FX scenes almost neatly. The scripts pace seems perfect for the film, though in the documentary, which came on the DVD version of the film, director J. Lee Thompson comments that in some scenes if he were doing the film today, he would've accelerated the pace a little. This to a certain point is true, since the film has certain close calls towards boredom, but is ultimately saved by the upcoming action scenes. Despite that, the film remains viewable and as I said before, it keeps you up to the minute and gives you most of the time a breath of fresh air. The script was well written, with some remarkable lines and interesting twists. Its storyline is basically simple, and its simplicity even helps the film more in questions of understanding what's going on throughout many scenes. The performances of the film were great, with Peck, Niven and Quinn giving it all their best.

In the end, I recommend this film if you're planning to have an entertaining movie night with your friends or family, or just even yourself. It's really a film worth seeing, since the film delivers the basic element which movies are made for: It entertains. So get a hold of whomever you can, grab some popcorn and enjoy the show. (4.5-5)

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