Robert’s Reviews – Midway

Hello Clever People! Welcome to my review for Midway. This war film tells the story of the battle of midway, a US naval battle that turned the tide of World War 2. Click the video below to watch the review!

Robert Burke
Robert Burke is a 16-year-old film critic currently attending Shasta High School. His love for film started when he was very young, and grows as he learns more and more about it. Robert expresses his love for film through reviews, which can be found on this website every Saturday. Film is not his only passion, as he also loves to act in local productions with Cascade Theater, Shasta College and Riverfront Playhouse. He currently lives in Redding, CA, and hopes to one day be a film director. To view all of Robert’s reviews go to
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6 Responses

  1. Avatar Doug Cook says:

    Good review Robert, I was turned off by the trailers and what looks like just another computer generated action movie. I’ll pass on this one. If you want a good WWII movie about this battle, the original Midway movie made in 1976 with an all star cast is a winner.

    Ok…now let’s get to what made me gasp in horror. Your assertion that the Japanese weren’t ‘bad guys’. Seriously? Remember…the Japanese attacked the US, they were the bad guys. Google the Nanking Massacre where the Japanese army killed 200,000 to 300,000 Chinese and raped 20,000 women. About 4% of Japanes POW’s died in captivity under American control. 30% of American POW’s were killed in Japanese POW camps. Research the Baatan Death March. The Japanese Army during World War II committed many crimes against humanity that were ordered by the government.
    I know that WWII is no longer taught in schools…but I urge you Robert to dig into the atrocities of Imperial Japan. I doubt you would say the Nazis weren’t bad guys, but the Japanese killed more people than the Nazi’s did. The Japanese were in fact the bad guys, as bad if not worse than Hitler and the Nazi’s.

    • Avatar Tim says:

      Japan had valid reasons for going to war against the US. It was our ally in WW1, but it didn’t benefit from our divvying up the Middle East (via friendly/puppet governments). As a small Island nation and budding super power, it needed resources. So it began to expand into China.

      The US then began imposing economic sanctions of Japan – economic warfare. In our minds, this was meant to entice Japan to retreat back to its traditional homeland. To Japan, these economic sanctions were just further proof of its dependence on the West and its need to expand into more resource-rich territory.

      Additionally, Japan was allied with Germany so shortly after the US officially broke neutrality with Lend-Lease in March 1941, Japan began planning its attack on Pearl Harbor.

  2. Joanne Snyder Joanne Snyder says:

    Thanks for the review Robert. I understand what you meant about being uncomfortable with the negative description of soldiers from a different country. All men involved in this battle were following the orders of the leaders of their countries. I know you studied WWII in school. Don’t you think some of this footage could be reworked into a film that could accompany the curriculum covering the history of the war in the Pacific Theater?

  3. Avatar Judy Salter says:

    I thought it was excellent. I was riveted the whole time. It was a hugely powerful story.

  4. Steve Steve says:

    I really enjoyed the movie. Having served in the Navy aboard a ship, my mind hurled with the horrors of war. I understand what you meant by saying the ‘bad guys’. You even stated you were looking at it from their perspective. Even though I was never involved in battle at sea, the idea our ship might get blown out of the water was a real concern. I served on an oiler refueling ships off the coast of Viet Nam.
    Knowing what happened in Pearl Harbor – the death and destruction, makes me feel very fortunate for my time served in the Navy. And I hope to God we never know intense war again at sea, in the air, or on any land. The movie is about the horror of war. I got it.

  5. Joanne Snyder Joanne Snyder says:

    By the way Robert, the Soviet Union was one of the “good guys” in this war. This war, in which over 70,000,000 people died is a complex piece of history.