Nicolas Cage

Stilted, unfocused approach undoes 'USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage'

Stilted, unfocused approach undoes 'USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage'

Although Nicolas Cage gets top billing as Navy cruiser Captain Charles McVay in “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage,” the World War II picture is more about the ship’s crew. It tells the true story of one of America’s most infamous naval losses, filling in the details of the men’s civilian lives and wartime friendships, in order to make their ultimate fates all the starker.

Movie buffs and war historians know all about the Indianapolis, which was sunk by a Japanese submarine, leaving hundreds of sailors to bob in the sea for days, dying of dehydration and shark attacks. The incident formed the basis for a riveting monologue in...

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