This true story is about the Navy's first
African-American master diver.
Robert DeNiro plays Billy Sunday, his redneck
instructor, which makes for plenty of racial tension throughout.
The film captures the real danger of undersea
diving with plenty of military drama. It gets a little melodramatic
at times, but I bought it.
This week, a movie about racism in the
Navy, and sailors who, ah, well, swear like sailors.
Actually, this film has a lot in common
with Pay it Forward, in that both have great actors, fine
acting, and good stories, and both are ruined by over-manipulative
direction and dialog.--a movie trying too hard to tug at your
"Based on a true story"? I guess
Men of Honor is
a serious, determined, and respectful salute to the son of a
Kentucky sharecropper who joined the U.S. Navy in 1948, the year
that President Truman desegregated the military. He helped to
break the Navy's color line.
The movie is instructive and upstanding.
It's overacted at times and somewhat over-dramatized.
But it's honorable.
The star is an actor of concentrated emotion,
and he gives the film what spirit it possesses in this true story.