Friday, September 26, 2008
MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA:
Miracle at St. Anna is many things at the same time: an old-fashioned war movie, a meditation on racism in America in the 1940s, and a sober examination of what constitutes a miracle. This is not a "Christian movie," per se, but it is nonetheless fascinated by demonstrations of faith when all seems lost. Never has the term "grace under fire" felt more appropriate.
Jerry (Shia LeBouf) has a problem: He’s a loser in a dead-end job distanced from his rigid father and his ace Air Force twin brother. He bluffs his way through poker hands with coworkers and picks up pretty girls on the El Train (he lives in Chicago, as do most Americans in movies these days) with quick sketches he’s made of them.