Miracle at St. Anna
Directed by Spike Lee from a screenplay written by James McBride, the author of the acclaimed novel of the same name, the film chronicles the story of four African-American soldiers who are members of the U.S. Army as part of the all-black 92nd Buffalo Soldier Division stationed in Tuscany, Italy, during World War II. They experience the tragedy and triumph of the war as they find themselves trapped behind enemy lines and separated from their unit after one of them risks his life to save an Italian boy.
MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA explores a deeply inspiring story that transcends national boundaries, race and class to touch the goodness within us all.
This story is one of contrasts. An American soldier attempts to rescue an Italian boy, which causes his separation, and others in his group, from their unit. Yet racism is demonstrated by other characters in the story, with the word “nig*e*” being used, In addition, blacks are portrayed in stereotypical fashion on a poster, and a white man is referred to as a “cracker”. Likewise, speaking of contrasts, there are heroic elements among the soldiers, but the film itself is easily over-the-top in the bloody violence content and does not come close to receiving our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal as a family-friendly film.
The special effects are certainly believable which is part of the problem as the graphic violent scenes are strikingly realistic. Certainly the tragedy of war is pictured clearly in this film, but families seeking family entertainment will have to look elsewhere.