December 7th marks the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Over the years, there have been many films and mini-series that depict the historic day which saw the United States Pacific Fleet besieged by the Japanese. Some of these films are true classics, and another is directed by Michael Bay.
Here’s a rundown of films about Pearl Harbor ranked from worst to best. The spectrum works like this: If the film tugs at the heartstrings, it’s considered one of the best. If the film features time travel, it’s considered an abomination.
Noticing that previous films about the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor weren’t awesome enough, Michael Bay set out to right that wrong. The Titanic-inspired result is a poorly written and acted film that focuses most of its attention on a love triangle. However, all that emotionally hooey is merely filler built up around the epic and realistic battle, because you can’t just release a movie about bombings and air battles without some kind of plot. It would be pretty cool if you could, though.
When a 1980’s aircraft carrier is accidentally warped back in time to 1941 Hawaii, they have precious hours to prevent the Japanese attack. Wow. I don’t know what’s more inappropriate: The fact that they based a science fiction film against the worst military attack on American soil, or that Michael Bay’s Pearl Harbor is regarded as being worse than this.