Danny Walker and Rafe McCawley have been friends since childhood. They learned to fly together and they both join the Army Air Corps as pilots well before the US enters World War II. In the midst of this love triangle comes to Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor with Rafe and Danny eventually assigned to Col. Jimmy Doolittle';s raid on Tokyo.
Bloated and boring, Pearl Harbor is a collection of war-movie clichés.
May 27, 2014
New York Observer
The best way to see the movie is as I did: expecting nothing and being pleasantly surprised, and strangely moved, by Mr. Bay's audacity in filming his lovers in end-of-the-world close-ups, however briefly.
Leave it to Bay and Bruckheimer to reduce one of America's biggest military tragedies into a three-hour avalanche of Kodak moments, and one of America's defining crises into a facile exercise in fake uplift.
For all the 118 actors listed, the movie offers almost no sense of authentic humanity. The faces the filmmakers plaster on their characters are as flat and stereotyped as those on war-recruitment posters.