Film Review: 'Midway' turns the WW II battle into a cartoon [trailer]

This image released by Lionsgate shows Nick Jonas in a scene from "Midway." (Reiner Bajo/Lionsgate via AP)

The first thing director Roland Emmerich should do after his latest movie "Midway" hits theaters is apologize.

Apologize to the visual effects crew, the stuntmen, the carpenters, the costumers and artists. He has squandered their considerable visual skill in retelling the crucial World War II battle at Midway by melding some of the best action sequences in years with the most banal of words.

What's the point of scouring 1941 Navy regulations to ground the real-life characters in authentic military gear if they say stuff like this: "I guess every battle needs a miracle."

What's the point of locating the original blueprints of a gun, and then carefully recreating it, if the script calls for an airman to tell his pilot: "You fly like you don't care if we come home."

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