I was obsessed with this film from the age of 16 until I was around 20. I collected articles on it, created artwork when I was supposed to be doing homework, fell in love with its classical and contemporary music score and dreamed about star Mark Lee (and was jealous when my friend Alison saw him play at her university union night in his band).
I could quote swathes of it – “What are your legs? Springs, steel springs. And what are they going to do? Hurl me down the track. How fast can you run? As fast as a leopard. How fast ARE you going to run? As fast as a leopard. Well let’s see you do it then!” Mel Gibson was at his likeable best but his character was perhaps too much of a rogue for my delicate adolescent heart.
It was also an education on war and the first time I had really thought about its impact on ordinary people like myself. The story is not a new one and hit many beats that are familiar now that I have watched more films of its ilk – youth, innocence, mateship, heroism, the brutality of authority as well as the enemy. It succeeds in the same way 1917 (2019) does, by picking out the personal story of two people and showing how arbitrary the line is between surviving and dying.
What film reminds you of being a teenager? It might be one that you loved as a teen or one that embodies the feel of being young.
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