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A Midnight Clear

On the front lines of the European theater near Christmas 1944, the six remaining men of an infantry and reconnaissance squad are sent to locate the enemy, observe them, report back and stay alive.  They become involved in one of the most absurd situations of war.  The Germans they run into want to surrender, and the two squads sing Christmas Carols on Christmas Eve.  But the great, uplifting, hopeful Christmas turns into a depressing slaughter.

From the first scene, the film is intense and riveting as the six young men, led by Will Knott (Ethan Hawke of Dead Poet's Society), move into enemy territory and deal with a power obsessed commanding officer, cold, and the enemy.

There is no better war film.  It's message about the stupidity and futility of war are not painted by some silly protest.  It is a full action-war movie, filled with field action, a hero, and danger.  The events are taken from William Wharton's book about his experiences in World War II 45 years ago, on Christmas Eve.  The action is suddenly shattered by the futility of the situation.  This is the best film so far this year, don't miss it.

It is rated R for violence.

A Midnight Clear

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