I was hoping to enjoy this more. It certainly depicted the horrors of war and what these soldiers went through. But as a movie experience it was lacking something. It didn't have that larrikin feel most Aussie movies have. Couldn't rely relate to the main characters. They killed off my favourite one too early- Angus. But- that's just my opinion. I don't doubt others have enjoyed it.
A realistic portrayal of Kokoda. You need the endurance of the soldiers portrayed to stick it out to the end. The final summary speech by the colonel to the survivors was idealistic clap trap. In reality the glorious overweight Australian General Blaney accused them of "running like rabbits".
This movie highlighted the exploits of Australian soldiers in 2nd World war and
what they had to face , their fears, their choices at time and eventual outcome.
A hard look at what military life was all about ...
A very good movie, worth watching
expected more, maybe it got better as disc was faulty so didnt see all of it, but wasnt interested in getting it again to see the end
Focus is on only a small portion of the campaign.
Hard to follow - a lot of night scenes
Acting ok but obvious from special effects that this is a low budget production
A very good movie with suspense, action, and emotion giving us a realistic view of the Kokada track ordeals. Very good filming and acting.
Had a great story if you are in to Australia war history.
heavy going but only because it is a story of such hardship and horror
Not a bad movie but was very dark and could not see what was happening very well.
Real good insight in what happened on the Kokoda trail. Showed a more human side of war. Not gun ho brave guys. Normal blokes frightened by the fact that they could be killed and or injured. My uncle fought on the Kokoda trail in the regular army and his stories confirm what happened in movie. He has died about six years ago.
I hate to admit but, a little drawn out for what should have been a brilliant story. Drama, not war story and action.
This movie is about the colour brownish yellow. It seems to be about Chocos (as if we need to have this explained to us in detail), mud and the runs. It gave my veteran father a laugh-it gave me the runs. Who does Grierson think he is? as a director he is a lousy historian. As a film maker hes not very good. Mud, cowardice and the runs and the worst-the very worst-end of the movie "yous guys are heroes" speech ever made by a B grade soap actor. I am ashamed of this movie it is rubbish from start to finish. Trust me my father lived this. The Japs won this movie, watch Thin Red Line instead its credible.
Some thing seemed to be real others out of belief
A very well done movie which, of course, is very close to every Australian. Whilst most would believe it was the Americans that saved the world, this was the first defeat of the Japanese in WW2
A must see for all Aussies, to understand the importance of "The Kokoda Track". To put the true heroism of average people in extra ordinary circumstances in a movie will always be challenging and never do it justice. This movie was definitely doing al that and more! Crammed the jungle life, the lack of food and medicine and the heroism at the end.... all in about 90 min. Excellend movie and a must see
This movie was boring. Not enough depth and not a true reflection of the actual true story. Must have been on a cheap budget.
Very good movie, abit on the slow side though
too difficult to hear what they are saying and no subtitles to help out. I thank these real heros from Kokoda, but as as a movie it didn't do it for me.
This movie brilliantly portrays the hardships faced by Aussie troops in Kokoda during the war. A must-see for anyone with the slightest interest in our history.
Very big on dramatisation, The story seemed accurate.
Great gore, bit of a bore towards end
Was a geat movie the second time round also. Thoroughly enjoyedit the first time adn just as much the second :D
I only gave it 3 stars coz of the gore ... but i really did like this movie, because it's what happened! War ... *shudder*. Those poor boys!
Very disappointing film in my opinion. As a researcher of the Kokoda campaign, I don't believe that this film did credit to the very brave soldiers of the 39th Battalion who were the first allied soldiers to defeat the Japanese on land in WWII in arguably one of the most important battles in Australian military history.
excellent movie a must for aussies to watch to see how bad it really was
as an Australian an interesting piece of history, as a war movie, average - on the whole worth a watch but don't expect too much.
a moving story close to home for aussies, an eye opener for those who dont know much of the kokoda story
poignant but poor storyline, too much reality for entertainment
not bad, not as good as I expected, possibly from many great reviews I had my expectatins set too high...
We should all remember them for what they did. Such a tragic story. Worth watching.
An excellant movie and fully enjoyable
Quite disappointing. I like war movies and felt this one was very significant in terms of Australian history, so I was very keen to see it. I found it underwhelming. In terms of entertainment value as a movie, I found it to be lacking - not very engaging and somewhat flat and uninteresting in how it was put together. Some may argue that it's meant to be realistic rather than entertaining - that's what I expect from a documentary, not a movie. This is a story of an unequipped and unprepared untrained group of men who changed our history. If not for them I wonder what Australia would be like today. I don't think the film captures that idea, or draws us into the story, connects us with the characters emotionally or captures the enormity of it all.
A bit of a let down, yes there were little sub stories but over all I was expecting much more from this movie.
Thank God for these courageous men who saved our country through sheer guts and determination. Volunteers, untrained, ill-equipped yet they defeated the much stronger Japanese army. It just goes to show what the Aussie spirit can do. Thank you, you will always be remembered for this. Heroes all of you.
This is a great aussie flick, So good to see a war movie of our heroes. Highly recommend.
Extra grim, realistic account pulls no punches about our guys beating the Japs in our country's nearest, most decisive battle. Watch it on your Japanese TV and then take a drive in your Toyota as you ponder the utter futility of war — like a kids' game where yesterday's enemies are today's friends. A must-see about the men who gave it all for Australia.
Should be a compulsory watch for year 7 or 8 students to see just how much was sacrificed for their freedom
We really love Aussie War movies but this one got boring because thee was too much darkness and you couldn't see who was doing what. It really spoilt what could have been a great movie.
Who is responsible for this excuse for a movie. It's like they split a movie into two parts and they will only ever release the first part.
I look forward to the sequel.
A contained and clever film, with a poignant ending.
good film although casting a comic as the doctor was a bit strange
Thoroughly enjoyed the movie, very realistic.
Now I know why people think that Kakoda should take a bigger role in Australian History. Terrible terrain and conditions. Good acting that captured the inexperience, uncertainty and hopelessness of jungle warfare
Very slow; not a real war movie
mmmm not quite. not my cup of tea, and DH was a bit underwhelmed as well. Shame as I would have liked to have learned more about this period of our history.
ok i guess, wont watch it again though
A bit disappointed. I was hoping for something a little broader. Perhaps Kokoda itself wasn't. I did learn a bit though. Just seemed narrowly focused and to just skim the surface. They're showing it in some school history classes if that helps you make up your mind.
Not in to War movies but this was sad. Well done...
Kakoda is a movie every Aussie should see its real it happened 60yrs ago and a lot of young diggers died to keep our country from invasion if this movie doesn`t bring a tear to your eye your not human !
A real eye opener. What a brave, heroic bunch were the "chocolate soldiers"to stop the "yellow peril" in such rugged, inhospitable terrain & prevent invasion of Australia.
Filmed with a similar style to The Thin Red Line, but with more use of the word 'mate'. A good Aussie war drama.
The movie was very graphic I was shocked to see the horror our soldiers went through I did not realise how bad it was for them and how heroic they were.
Interesting for Australian history however a typical Australian production of very poor quality.
A pretty good film that shows the raw unglamorous side of war in the jungle!
Where was the character development? The actors tried their best but didn't have much with which to work. A real shame - because the story WAS harrowing, but as I never really got to know the characters, I didn't really get involved or care as much about what happened to them as I could have. In all the best war movies, you find out something about the character(s) before the 'journey' starts, which then keeps you glued to your seat wanting to find out how they deal with whatever comes their way, and whether they survive. This movie failed to do that and suffered because of it.
Humanity at its worst and best, this is a high quality depiction without glory of the brutal horrors of war from an Aussie perspective in the harsh unforgiving New Guinea jungles during 1942.
i found this movie was overated didn't have a good discription of the truth as to what realy happened over there should have taken a page from saving private ryan which was an good movie
as expected, but did give a keener view of what our young diggers went through
I was really disappointed with this movie... The idea 'Kokoda' had such potential as a movie but for me this just didn't cut it at all.. Good cast just really bad script...
Extremely realistic portral of the conditions our men fought under. Felt it was a little more documentary like rather than having a real story.
Didn't watch it all the way through. We have a small baby which makes it difficult, but after the first half it didn't interest enough to perserver with the ending
Very realistic and historic.
Not simply a "bang bang" type film but an effort to show how difficult terrain the soldiers had to endure and the cruelty that was inflicted by the enemy.
A fantastic Australian story that should be watched by all
bit too gory for our taste - but it's the truth!
Shows how hard the boys really had it.