The movie tells the story of a Professional Navy Man. (by cseon)
This film is an excellent military movie. It may not be an excellent Hollywood Movie, but that does not matter. Hollywood has a reputation of sacrificing accuracy for good entertainment, but that is not the case with this movie. Other reviewers have found this movie to be too slow for their taste, but as a retired Soldier I appreciate the pace the movie crew deliberately took to tell their story as completely as possible given the two hours and nine minutes allotted. The story itself has been told and retold several times over, but it remains for a professional soldier and an African <more>
American at that to report on the story as presented by the movie crew, and as it presents the US Navy to the world. The story of Brashear's work to become a Navy Diver, and his life as a Navy Diver beyond his graduation, is not the only story that is presented. There I also the story of how Master Chief Petty Officer Sunday defied the illegal order of his Commanding Officer that Petty Officer 2nd Class Brashear not be passed in his test dive no matter how well he did, and paid the price of a loss of one Stripe and a change of assignment. It also told the true story how Brashear found the third Hydrogen Bombs lost in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Spain in the 1950's, and how he saved the life of another seaman who was in the line of the snapped running line that would have snapped him in two if Brashear had not shoved him out of the way and took the shot himself. This was a complex story that was worth telling, and I will admit that two hours and nine minutes was not enough to tell the full story, and I can tell from the deleted scenes on the DVD that the crew tried their best to tell a story as full as possible. As a professional soldier, I was proud to see such a great story told in such a comprehensive manner, and to see the traditions and honor of the navy preserved in such a natural and full manner.
I loved this movie. It is a definite inspirational movie. It fills you with pride. This movie is worth the rental or worth buying. It should be in everyones home. Best movie I have seen in a long time. It will make you mad because everyone is so mean to Carl Brashear, but in the end it gets better. It is a story of romance, drama, action, and plenty of funny lines to keep you tuned in. I love a lot of the quotes. I use them all the time. They help keep me on task of what I want to do. It shows that anyone can achieve their dreams, all they have to do is work for it. It is a long movie, but <more>
every time I watch it, I never notice that it is as long as it is. I get so engrossed in it, that it goes so quick. I love this movie. I watch it whenever I can.
In the beginning, this is a Robert de Niro movie,so if you are a fan of him you will enjoy it more and more.... This was the movie that made me fall in love with cinema. Everytime I see it I see anew side of it. I hope people see this movie from my point of view... It's a true story about the suffering of a black "naive man".. It will really touch your soul.. At last, I think that this movie is one of the most underrated movies of all time
Most inspiring when looking beyond the film. (by parasaurolophus)
If I had not known this was a true story, I would have thought it to be too unbelievable - another overblown Hollywood movie. After researching Carl Brashears true story, he is even more amazing than portrayed in the movie. Hollywood actually down-played his accomplishments! Carl is one of the most amazing and inspiring individuals I have ever learned about. Men of Honor is worth watching if only to get people to learn more about this incredible person.
Superb film, superb determination (by intersan)
This film really depicted the racism in the days before civil rights. De Niro did an excellent, if not exhausting job, of playing Sunday, whose racism was disturbing and despicable. Cuba Gooding was outstanding as Brashear who held his ground to become a master diver. His calm perserverance, when most men would have walked away, convinced me that the character, whom he played, was a true man of honor. It was difficult to see Sunday as a man of honor since he brought all of his problems on himself. In the end, he somewhat redeemed himself, but only after becoming a powerless, broken man. The <more>
tension, between them, was played off very well. As a woman, I usually don't care for military films. However, this held my interest from the start. It's not just about the struggles of some young man trying to succeed in a dangerous branch of the Navy, but also about overcoming the fact that he was a black man.I would recommend this film for adults and older teens. The only drawback was the strong language which was appropriate for the situation. Too many films, today, just use vile language for no reason.
A wise man once said " You were born to win,but to be a winner you must plan to win,prepare to win and expect to win".Well,Carl Brashear was a man who fulfilled all these requirements.A man with a strong heart and a burning desire who followed his father's advice to don't come back in his little village and who built a career in a field which a man in his condition would had been hard to reach.On the other side De Niro's role,revealed his truly manhood,as a commandant in the U.S Navy through the director managed to show us the rise and fall of a man,but finally,somehow <more>
he succeed to rise up again and to plead for Brashear's cause.This movie is a great story about honor,strength,desire and recognition of value.Cuba Gooding Jr.had a good acting and Robert De Niro's performance as always,was at the level of expectations.
A great film from George Tillman Jr. (by PersianPlaya408)
TIllman Jr.'s drama about the first African American Navy Master Diver Gooding Jr. , who defies all odds and achieves his goals despite a strict embittered trainer. The screenplay is not bad, a bit extreme at times, but the direction and acting is first-rate, and this film is inspiring and achieves what its supposed to do. I liked DeNiro in the lead, although its not on par with his masterful works taxi driver, godfather and all the others it is as good as his other good performances such as in King of Comedy or Angel Heart. DeNiro is always convincing and believable here, very good <more>
performance, Gooding Jr. is not bad, definitely one of his better performances. --- IMDb Rating: 6.6, my rating: 9/10
Two great performances in an average movie. (by CharltonBoy)
Robert De Niro and Cuba Gooding Jnr are the shining lights in this movie and they make the film what it is,which is a very entertaining flick that could do better. De Niro has been critisised recently for the films he has chosen and even some of his performances. His performance in this is outstanding but i do question the the movie he has picked again. Men of Honor has the potential to be a great film but it never quite gets there. The script is ok, nothing special,and the story could have told in far more interesting way. The first half of the film is very uninspiring and slow but it does <more>
pick up a head of steam and finishes on a high that leaves the viewer satisfied. 8 out of 10 just
I was curious to know how critics responded to this rousing, inspiring film, so I went to Rotten Tomatoes and was dismayed to discover that the pompous peanut gallery that is our nation's film critics had given the film an average 43% or "Rotten" rating.All I can say is, if this movie doesn't move you, you have no heart. It's interesting to note that the same film on the same website got a 74% rating from viewers .Not that the opinion of critics is all THAT important to me. After all, I can't think of a more useless, overpaid profession. Some schmo gets paid to go <more>
to the movies what a tough life and does the same thing everyone else on the planet does: forms an opinion. But these chumps have a way of coming across like their opinion somehow matters more than yours, and even worse, they love to hate.I'll grant you that this movie is old fashioned well, except for the f-bombs , syrupy, and a little predictable... after all, you know right from the beginning that Cuba Gooding Jr., portraying real-life Navy hero Carl Brashear, is going to triumph eventually at every turn simply by the way he comes across: determined and plucky; strong-willed and optimistic.But his performance and that of De Niro as Billy Sunday, a composite character of several real-life people are so strong, so inspiring, that you'll be on your feet cheering many of the film's scenes, especially the courtroom climax. You'd have to be a real stick in the mud not to be moved by these scenes. Like our nation's film critics. Michael Rappaport is excellent as well as a sweet-natured, stuttering diving student that befriends Gooding's Brashear. If anyone has seen "Higher Learning", this character totally redeems that character.Anyway, this confirms what I've always felt: don't listen to critics. See this movie and get inspired.