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Pearl Harbor's sound and fury signify nothing

Bay, who directed previous Bruckheimer films The Rockand Armageddon, doesn't waste a single frame; every shot is its own Rockwell painting, glistening with damp-eyed nostalgia and sticky sentimentality. He frames his lovers with sunsets and smoke, but Affleck, Hartnett and Beckinsale aren't big enough to fill the canvas; they're gliders in a world of P-40 fighters. Rafe, Danny and Evelyn aren't characters so much as they're icons lifted from the novels of Herman Wouk; in the end, it's not about who lives or dies, but who ends up with whom. War may be hell, but it's apparently nothing compared to sharing a woman with your best friend.

War porn: Producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Michael Bay reduce the "date which will live in infamy" to sex and violence.
Andrew Cooper
War porn: Producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Michael Bay reduce the "date which will live in infamy" to sex and violence.

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