Field of Lost Shoes

2014

Drama / War

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Lauren Holly as Mrs. Clinedinst
Jason Isaacs as John C. Breckinridge
Nolan Gould as Robert / Sir Rat
Keith David as Old Judge
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708.75 MB
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PG-13
23.976 fps
1hr 36 min
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PG-13
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1hr 36 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by gsfsu 5 / 10

Civil War Potboiler

In order to like this film you (a) have to like subjects about the American Civil War and (b) you have to tolerate loads of fake Southern accents. I would also add that the first part of this film moves exceedingly slowly and is apt to bore the starch out of the most patient viewer.

There is altogether too much build-up and not enough genuine material to make this a worthwhile film. Yes, the southern boys were courageous - but so were the Yankees. Yes, most of the clashes between blue and gray were massive infantry battles which were poorly directed by the field generals and resulted in massive casualties on both sides. Yes, VMI is full of pomp and circumstance - and was drawn out way too long.

In short, a boring and semi-factual film that breaks no new ground in the telling of the New Market battle or the war in general. The characters are mostly stereotypes so if you doze off you can reconnect later with no loss of story line.

I gave the film a 5 solely for the costume attention to detail.

Reviewed by daviesr 8 / 10

Touching yet authentic portrayal of a terrible episode in the Civil War

Unlike the reviewer in "The Village Voice," I found this film to be moving and touchingly old fashioned. The "love at sight,' for example, between one of the cadets and a southern girl rings true and is a familiar, though often sad motif to those of us who work with teenage boys and girls. The jocular and sometimes hostile relations between the older boys seems authentic, as does their possessive and protective feelings toward the boyish 'Sir Rat.' To return for a moment to "The Village Voice" review: the arrogance and 'know it all' attitude of the reviewer toward the South reminded me why my southern relatives refer to this conflict as "The War of Northern Aggression." It is precisely this air of superiority which contributed to the Southern break with their brothers in the North. I do, however, find the modernist desire on the part of the producers to distance the cadets from their region's stance on slavery to be forced. I feel that history and a better story would have been served to portray the boys as fighting for Virginia and their nation, the Confederacy. Part of the southern lore surrounding the Battle of New Market is that Breckenridge wept when he ordered the cadets into battle. I can believe that he cried when he gave the order. What a terrible burden it would be to send boys into battle! I can't believe that the northerner commander would not have felt, at least, a twinge of conscience when he ordered his troops to fire upon and engage with the cadets. The film's portrayal of that man as a ruthless murderer ordering his men to kill boys does not ring true. The fact that the cadets fought like lions might have surprised him and his men--but those of us who have worked with this age group know that teenage boys would make fearsome opponents. In the end, I applaud the film makers for their efforts—they did much more than produce a period piece bedecked with false whiskers—they gave the viewer insight into this brave but terrible episode in the Civil War, or the War Between the States, as my southern relatives would ask me to write.

Reviewed by zardoz-13 5 / 10

A White-Washed Version of Confederate Civil War History

Revisionist history ruins the standard-issue, tragic, American Civil War saga "Field of Lost Shoes" about gallant teenagers recruited from the Virginia Military Institute to participate in the real-life battle of New Market in 1864. VMI celebrates the exploits of these brave young cadets annually, and their story is certainly the stuff of compelling drama. Unfortunately, "Soul Surfer" director Sean McNamara and scenarists Thomas Farrell and Dave Kennedy have taken liberties with what actually occurred with regard to various real-life participants. For example, the filmmakers paints Henry A. Wise as an anti-slavery proponent when in fact he championed 'the peculiar institution.' This low-budget but handsome looking six million dollar epic features a handful of recognized stars, including Lauren Holly, Tom Skerritt, Keith David, and David Arquette, but they have little to work with aside from their celebrity personalities. Jason Issacs comes off looking the best with Tom Sherritt not far behind. Ultimately, as well-intentioned as it is, "Field of Lost Shoes" is barely memorable when compared to "Gettysburg" or "Gods and Generals." The production values look spectacular, and the Civil War re-enactors give the movie a sprawling sense of scale. The orchestral music is atmopheric. The writers fall back on clichés too often, and the structure of the story is predictable, especially with the doomed lovers. Sadly, the issue here is the white-wash job that the filmmakers have performed on the Confederates. "May God forgive me," mutters Confederate General John Brekinridge (Jason Issacs of "Daredevil"), when he commits these valiant youngsters to battle. The uniforms, firearms, and staging of the action is not without distinction. The film draws his title from the shoes lost in the muck by these young Confederates who charged into cannon fire. Apparently, McNamara has an obsession with maimed youth because both "Field of Lost Shoes" and "Soul Surfer" focus on youth.

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