Midway (12A)



Action (2019)
138mins Chi/US

Starring: Luke Evans, Patrick Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Ed Skrein, Mandy Moore
Director: Roland Emmerich
Writer(s): Wes Tooke
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto co-ordinates a surprise attack on Pearl Harbour naval base on Hawaii. In response, the Americans formally enter the Second World War and Lieutenant Commander Jimmy Doolittle leads a daring raid on the Japanese mainland including Tokyo. Consequently, Admiral Yamamoto escalates his plans to attack Midway Island in the Pacific, where the full might of the Japanese Navy clashes with American forces.

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Midway (12A)

An extra-terrestrial invasion, the rampage of a 350ft-tall lizard, a superstorm sparked by global warming, cataclysmic events foretold by the Mayans, a terrorist attack on Washington DC and an extra extra-terrestrial invasion. German director Roland Emmerich has spared no visual effects expense in wreaking havoc on our tiny planet with muscular blockbusters including Independence Day, Godzilla, The Day After Tomorrow, 2012, White House Down and Independence Day: Resurgence. The testosterone continues to pump, with barely a two-dimensional female protagonist in sight, in an all-guns-blazing dramatisation of six months of military brinkmanship between America and Japan following the attack on Pearl Harbour on December 7 1941...

Midway. Copyright: Lionsgate Films. Caption: Nick Jonas as Bruno Gaido in Midway, directed by Roland Emmerich. Photo: Reiner Bajo. All Rights Reserved.Screenwriter Wes Tooke distils history into bombastic action sequences, bolted together with clumsy dialogue and perfunctory character development. The storytelling is fitful and jagged, suggesting editor Adam Wolfe cleaved this thunderous 138-minute tour from a longer and more coherent cut. London-born actor Ed Skrein reports for duty as real-life war hero Dick Best, sporting a broad American accent that roams the east coast as he inspires men under his command to embody the unshakable resolve of those who fight under a fluttering Stars and Stripes. Emmerich stages battles with customary abandon and a blitzkrieg of digital trickery, repeating the same manoeuvre - American bombers pulling out of a steep dive at the last second to deliver their deadly payload to a Japanese aircraft carrier - as a resolution to each set piece.

The devastation begins at Pearl Harbour naval base. "We have awakened a sleeping giant and filled him with terrible resolve," despairs Tamon Yamaguchi (Tadanobu Asano), naval attache to Washington, as he listens to a radio news report about the offensive. Hundreds of American servicemen die on Hawaii, including Lieutenant Roy Pearce (Alexander Ludwig), whose best friend, ace dive bomber pilot Lieutenant Dick Best (Skrein), vows revenge. America formally enters the Second World War and Lieutenant Commander Jimmy Doolittle (Aaron Eckhart) spearheads a daring raid on the Japanese mainland. Consequently, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto (Etsushi Toyokawa), commander-in-chief of the Japanese navy, escalates plans to attack Midway Island. Intelligence expert Edwin T Layton (Patrick Wilson) and code-breakers led by Joseph Rochefort (Brennan Brown) intercept enemy communications and advise Admiral Chester Nimitz (Woody Harrelson) to prepare for a brutal skirmish in the Pacific.

Midway salutes real-life American and Japanese heroes in a rudimentary fashion, lingering on the pyrotechnic-laden theatrics of war rather than the fragile human hearts broken by each dizzying assault. Emmerich pummels our eyes and eardrums into wearied submission as he turns up the heat on homoeroticism between the male cast while Mandy Moore simpers in the background as Dick's wife Ann. A sombre coda bullet-points accolades presented to each man for courage under fire. Emmerich's crudely effective picture gets the job done but merits no such fulsome accolades.

- Jo Planter

Midway. Copyright: Lionsgate Films. Caption: Nick Jonas as Bruno Gaido in Midway, directed by Roland Emmerich. Photo: Reiner Bajo. All Rights Reserved.


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- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Belfast, Movie House Cityside (Yorkgate)
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Builth Wells, Wyeside Arts Centre
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Canvey Island, Movie Starr Cineplex
- Cardigan, Theatr Mwldan
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
- Cwmbran, Vue Cwmbran
- Derby, Showcase Derby Foresters Park
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Exeter, Vue Exeter
- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
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- Kirkwall, New Phoenix Cinema, Pickaquoy Centre
- Leeds, Cineworld Leeds
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Livingston, Vue Livingston
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Newton Stewart, The Cinema
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Redditch, Vue Redditch (Apollo)
- Rushden, Cineworld Rushden Lakes
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Street, Strode Theatre
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Telford, Cineworld Telford
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Worcester, Vue Worcester
- York, Vue York
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- Aberdeen, Vue Aberdeen
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham (Apollo)
- Ashbourne, Vue Ashbourne
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bicester, Vue Bicester
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
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- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Builth Wells, Wyeside Arts Centre
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Camberley, Vue Camberley
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Carlisle, Vue Carlisle
- Cramlington, Vue Cramlington
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- Darlington, Vue Darlington
- Doncaster, Vue Doncaster
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- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
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- Exeter, Vue Exeter
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- Gateshead, Vue Gateshead
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- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
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- Leamington Spa, Vue Leamington Spa (Apollo)
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- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Vue Leicester
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Milford Haven, Torch Theatre
- Newbury, Vue Newbury
- Newcastle-under-Lyme, Vue Newcastle-under-Lyme
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- Norwich, Vue Norwich
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Paignton, Vue Torbay (Apollo)
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- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Preston, Vue Preston
- Reading, Vue Reading
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- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Southport, Vue Southport
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- Stroud, Vue Stroud (Apollo)
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