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From director John Dahl comes the stirring true story of one of the most spectacular rescue missions ever to take place in American history: "the great raid on Cabanatuan," the daring exploit that would liberate more than 500 U.S. Prisoners of War in the face of overwhelming odds. A gripping depiction of human resilience, the film vividly brings to life the personal courage and audacious heroism that allowed a small but stoic band of World War II soldiers to attempt the impossible in the hopes of freeing their captured brothers.
Once a tale shared across the United States, the long-lost story of THE GREAT RAID has been recreated with meticulous authenticity to pay testimony to the many different people, from U.S. commanders to Filipino soldiers to women aid workers to the POWs themselves, who played a part in turning this time of intense hardship and unrelenting danger into a moment of inspiration.
I'm not of a movie person but i've been hearing so much about this film so my sisters and I decided to watch it last night. I find the film really touching. Not because of Cesar Montano's presence. Of course it did help a little (One thing we can be proud of is that a filipno artist has been given a big part in an international movie) but I felt that the nationalistic side of me was awakened and stirred up... Filipinos played a major role so that American soldiers can achieved their goal in rescuing the POWs. That's something we Filipinos can be proud of.
Well, I just realized that we, who are living in the present world, are really blessed. We're blessed to have not suffered the pains and hardhips brought by wars. We're blessed that we're now living simply in our freedom. We're the ones who's taking advantage of what our heroes fought for. Freedom that our heroes, known and unsang, have paid for by their sweat and blood. We're blessed that now, we're not experiencing the harsh treatment of Japanese soldiers. We're lucky to have lived in a land of Freedom.
The sad thing is, nowadays Filipinos seem to forget these things. We have already forgotten what are forefathers did for our country. We don't really care for our county. We don't love it as well.. What we have are selfish desires and intentions. Haaay.... Our country is becoming pathetic... Prizes of basic needs are mounting, doctors wants to be nurses, everything seem to rise but not our dignity as Filipinos. We even want to migrate and leave this poor country of ours...
Let's include our country on our daily prayers. No one can love our nation but us.