War is one of the most destructive and macabre innovations of man. Innocent lives are lost for the gains of few men. The idyllic lives of people get disrupted to the state of being irreparable. But war movies? They’re delightful. Over the years, they’ve made a special place in our hearts. The credit goes to auteurs like Kubrick, Spielberg, and Terence Malick in the modern era to have taken the concept of war and drawn it against intimate, moving personal stories of grief, melancholy, and loss. From the great Gilo Pontecorvo’s ‘Battle of Algiers’ to Nolan’s post-modernist masterpiece ‘Dunkirk’, war movies have managed to evoke and preserve a special emotion in us that feels unique and inexplicable. The joy of seeing men kill other men is so much more sophisticated than the conceptual denotation.
2018 isn’t over yet. But eleven months, we’ve seen some inspiring releases, with a couple of exciting ones to come. The most anticipated war movie of the year is Peter Jackson’s ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’, a hard-hitting documentary featuring never-before-seen archival footage. It will be a shoo-in for the Academy Awards, going by the overwhelming initial response and Jackson’s involvement. Anyway, let’s look at the list of top war movies of 2018. The list includes 2018 World War 2 movies as well.
14. Air Strike
‘Airs Strike’ is not bad. It is really bad. Bruce Willis couldn’t have picked a worse movie to strengthen his Chinese fan base. The movie is set in the period of World War II and depicts the war fought between the Chinese and the Japanese after the Chongqing bombing. The thin plot soon runs out of ideas to provide its clueless cast. Mel Gibson couldn’t change a thing as the production values sink the quality of the final movie. ‘Air Strike’ was an underwhelming effort, given the talent associated with the making. Willis fans can still give it a try, though, you must be warned: it wouldn’t be a comfortable watch.
13. Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran
Abhishek Verma brings us the glorious tale of India’s first nuclear test in Pokhran and the subsequent deliberation on its international relations with other super-powers. It stars John Abraham as Ashwath Raina, a talented technician who engineers a revived program to bring his country on equal footing with the world. The broadly fictionalized version greatly benefits from a sincere performance by Abraham, who revels in his sensitive-silent guy role. Despite the sparse moments of nationalistic goosebumps and well-coordinated action sequences, ‘Parmanu’ falls short of sustaining intrigue and becomes a prey of mainstream Bollywood meta-physical frippery.