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The opening of FORGOTTEN HEROES is slow and dated, but once the action starts, the movie is very well done. An intense sense of jeopardy constantly occurs, from the moment the platoon leaves for Cambodia. The characters elicit emotion and hold the viewer’s interest. William Smith’s performance as General Zelenkov is outstanding. FORGOTTEN HEROES gives an accurate, positive and patriotic portrait of the heroes of Vietnam. This movie is not for children. There’s too much foul language and some racist jokes. However, FORGOTTEN HEROES contains strong Christian content, with answered prayer and many redemptive acts.
(BB, CC, PPP, LLL, VV, S, N, AA, D, M) Strong moral, redemptive worldview about a platoon of Marines who are sent into Cambodia during the Vietnam War to extract a Russian general who wants to defect with one character talking about God and eschatology and two other characters confessing God; 40 obscenities and four profanities, but no f-words; strong wartime violence includes bombs kill people, hand-to-hand combat, stabbings, pointblank shootings, and several battle scenes; no sex scenes but Deluca is looking at a Playboy magazine; upper male nudity; alcohol use and drunkenness rebuked; smoking; and, racist comments made by Marines in a good old boy joking manner.
FORGOTTEN HEROES is a well-produced independent movie highlighting the valor of the men who served in Vietnam. It tells the story of Ramon Lopez, who is newly added to a platoon of Marines ordered to go into Cambodia to extract a Russian general named Gregori Zelenkov. At the very beginning of the movie, Ramon Lopez is reminiscing at the Vietnam Memorial with Robert Mills, the only other survivor of the expedition. Thus, the entire movie is told in flashback.
As Ramon arrives in the camp, the audience gets to know each member of the team, including Lt. Paul Holden, Robert Mills, Cowboy, Nick Govostes, Sully, Darryl Huckins, Prophet, Rossetti, and Deluca. They each reveal their prejudices and their passions. And, Ramon suffers from the normal hazing of a new member of the team.
The soldiers successfully land in Cambodia and extract the general in the middle of the night, but an elite troop of Russian paratroopers starts tracking them down. In the process of the battles, there are many redemptive acts where soldiers are willing to lay down their lives for not only their friends, but also their enemies.
The opening of FORGOTTEN HEROES is slow and dated, but once the action starts, the movie is very well directed and produced. There is an intense sense of jeopardy from the moment the platoon leaves for Cambodia. The characters elicit emotion and hold the viewer’s interest. William Smith’s performance as General Gregori Zelenkov is outstanding. The movie as a whole gives an accurate and positive portrait of the heroes of Vietnam. It has a very real, down to earth feel about it.
This is not a movie for children. There’s too much foul language and some racist jokes. However, it also has some strong Christian content, answered prayer and many redemptive acts. The filmmaker Jack Marino should be commended for making a terrific war movie on an independent budget.
As an exceptional gesture, the Producers of “Forgotten Heroes” are generously contributing 25% of their gross revenues ($5 from each DVD sold) to the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial Fund to honor all of America’s Veterans.