"When this thing blows it will be the biggest explosion the world's ever seen." The incredible true story about civilian Australian miners during WWI. When Oliver Woodward (Cowell) and his men are called to the front lines of Germany in order to secure and protect a series of tunnels that are filled with explosives and is directly underneath the German stronghold of Hill 60 they are tested to their limits. One of the biggest problems facing new war movies is that inevitably they are compared to "Saving Private Ryan". Besideds "We Were Soldiers", this is the only one I have seen that can stand up to the comparisons. I'm not saying it is as good as those but it is pretty close. Much like the other two, the focus is split between the action of the war and the personal struggles of Captain Woodward. The fact that this is about an Australian battle and not an American one is irrelevant to Americans liking this movie. You are so caught up in the story…
I was so moved by this film, which I saw last weekend, that I went to the Anzac Day ceremony at the Australian War Memorial today and thought of those, brave, brave men in the trenches and the fear,terror and privation in which they lived. I had to stay in the cinema until the lights came up to "compose myself" such was the powerful effect it had on me – the scene with Tiffin in the tunnel as the explosion came closer and the decision Captain Woodward made and how it went on to affect his life haunts me. Forget all that silly draping oneself in Australian flags – this should be compulsory viewing by all Australians.
I have to disagree with the comments comparing this movie with 'Hurt Locker' which is a superior movie in nearly every day and deserves its Oscar credits. This is however an excellent war drama telling a fairly unknown true story of Oliver Woodward during World War One. I for one had never heard of Oliver Woodward until watching this movie. Yes, to some degree, I would compare it to 'My Boy Jack" and even 'Passchendale' and actually 'Tunnel Rats' the Vietnam war drama springs more to mind.There is also a love story thrown in for good measure and overall this is a very sensitive film with an unacceptable but seemingly necessary ending. The acting is superb throughout and the story fascinating in how it was told from beginning until the end.For those who like their dose of war dramas, this is clearly one not to be missed.