This film is about World War II, where North African forces faced intolerance and unfair treatment from the French. Although these soldiers are fighting bravely for a country they have never seen before, there is an elemental discrimination against them. In the end, four men from North Africa enlisted in the French army to liberate the country and fight French discrimination in general.
Days of Glory may lack a certain complexity, but then courage under fire from all sides -- be it the enemy's weapons or your own country's disgusting bigotry -- is a pretty straightforward proposition. The plain facts are more than enough.
June 30, 2007
Like most every great war movie, it combines intense action with human drama. There's also several overtly preachy scenes that accomplish little to further the story but they underline the already clear message.
Instead of guys named Danny and Polack and Sol and Brooklyn, you've got guys named Said and Yassir and Messaoud and Abdelkader. But it's the same deal. Prick them, do they not bleed? Blow them up, do their limbs not scatter and their guts not spill?