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Midway:
Fighting for a White Country

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It’s shocking Hollywood produced a film like Midway.

The heroes are upstanding white men who fight for their country and not abstract ideals. The good guys are all white, the bad guys are not. There is no question that the good guys are us and the bad guys are the enemy.The women are loyal wives and mothers who uphold traditional gender roles. Courage and patriotism are extolled, not undermined.

This is how a patriotic American film should be made and is superior to its director’s most famous foray into American history, The Patriot. Midway and The Patriot are both hokey, but the new film is much less cheesy than the 2000 Revolutionary War film. Midway also promotes a less pozzed message than The Patriot. The America the airmen and sailors fight for in Midway is white and defined by its people. The America the revolutionary militiamen fight for in The Patriot is an idea that can be shared by all.

Midway is also simply more enjoyable and a better film than The Patriot.

The new film is a bit cheesy, but that adds to its charm. It’s also pretty family-friendly, as it features hardly any gore or vulgarity. It’s refreshing to watch a film so out of step with modern war films and more like old classics such as Tora! Tora! Tora! and Battle of the Bulge. It’s no surprise critics hate Midway while audiences love it. (It currently sits at 42% for critic rating and 92% for audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes.)

If the title didn’t give it away, Midway is about the Battle of Midway. The major American victory turned the tide in the War in the Pacific. One of America’s biggest airports is named in its honor and the battle has inspired scenes in Star Wars and many other films. Arguably, it should be more remembered than it is today, but the Pacific War receives far less attention that the European Theater. It’s more politically correct to see white ethnics fight Nazis than it is to see whites battle an Asiatic foe.

Midway has been a lifetime mission for its director, Roland Emmerich. Emmerich, a German, specializes in high-budget goofiness and directed such blockbusters as Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow. But he couldn’t find any Americans to finance a patriotic film about one of the greatest battles of World War II. So Emmerich turned to the Chinese, who surprisingly approved of film extolling American nationalism. The Chinese production company apparently did not require any paeans to diversity. 

The Patriot was financed by Hollywood and includes paeans to diversity.

Midway is a pretty simple story. The Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, the good guys want revenge. The good guys get it at Midway. The movie doesn’t feature any ridiculous love plots (unlike 2001’s Pearl Harbor) and stays focused on the main story. The few female characters are just there to support their husbands fighting the war. There are no diverse American characters to prove that non-whites love America too. A black sailor is shown for one second in the film–that’s the only non-white shown fighting for America.

The Pearl Harbor scene is designed to inspire revenge fantasies in American audiences. A tall, blonde-haired navy officer aboard the USS Arizona is setting up for church service and telling a scrawny agnostic sailor why he must attend the service. Then the Japs attack. The Nordic officer rescues the scrawny sailor and sends him onto another ship. Our noble officer stays aboard the doomed Arizona to man an anti-aircraft gun, dying a hero’s death.

The scene, like most of the film, is heavy on the CGI. At many times, the film looks like a video game. Some may find this to be a serious issue, but I found it fine. It’s hard to make a more realistic war movie with the amount of planes and ships required for the battle scenes.

His friends are pilots aboard the USS Enterprise cruiser. One is Lieutenant Richard Best (Ed Skrein), a cocky and insubbordinate maverick from New Jersey. The other is Lieutenant Clarence Dickenson (Luke Kleintank), a mild-mannered Southerner. Best, a real-life hero, is one of the film’s main characters.

The other is naval intelligence officer Edwin Layton (Patrick Wilson), who accurately predicts Japanese movements and helps win the Battle of Midway. Most of the big-name actors play side characters. Dennis Quaid plays Admiral Bill Halsey, Woody Harrelson plays Admiral Chester Nimmitz, Aaron Eckhart plays Lt. Colonel Jimmy Doolittle, and Nick Jonas plays ship mechanic Bruno Gaido.

Most World War II films like to portray America’s fighting force as an ethnic melting pot. In Midway, nearly all of the characters are Anglos and heartlanders who don’t reminisce about Brooklyn. The one clear exception is Gaido, an Italian from New York. The historic American nation fights for itself.

After Pearl Harbor, the good guys want to make the Japs pay. The famous Doolittle Raid is depicted, in which American bombers pounded Tokyo and crash landed in China. Chinese influence comes through in this subplot. Upon crash landing, Lt. Col. Doolittle is met by Chinese communists who thank him for attacking Japan and proudly escort him to safety. The ending of the film makes sure to mention the thousands of Chinese who were killed by the Japanese in retaliation for the Doolittle Raid. The Chinese, unlike the Japanese, are pro-American and good-natured in the film. American audiences are told to remember who helped us in the battle of Midway.

This brief snippet of Chinese propaganda is unintrusive and doesn’t sully the film. It’s certainly a worthy trade for Midway’s distinct lack of poz.

The Japanese side of the war is also shown. The commanders are mostly noble leaders who devote themselves to honor and the emperor. They also show no regard for the rules of war. Gaido is captured by the Japanese after his plane is shot down. He’s thrown into the sea when he refuses to give the position of the American ships. The Japanese commanders also go down with their ships and try to crash land their planes into enemy targets.

The battle of Midway itself is an entertaining spectacle, regardless of how much it looks like a video game. It’s riveting to sit in a theater as you see the battle through the cockpit of a dive bomber. The flak is all around as you root for the Americans to find their target. Most of the film’s heroics are historically accurate, from Best leading a squadron on a dangerous bombing run while plagued by a bad oxygen tank to Gaido rushing to a machine gun turret and shooting down a Japanese bomber attempting to crash into the Enterprise.

At the battle of Midway, the Americans sunk four Japanese carriers at the cost of only one U.S. carrier. Japan could never recover from the loss and the war quickly became a drawn-out retreat for the island nation.

Midway’s heroes explain the reasons why they fight and die for America. It isn’t because America is a democracy and it isn’t because it’s a noble idea. It’s because it’s where they and their families live. They worry if they lose Midway, the West Coast will be put under siege and terrible things will happen to their families in Hawaii. They also want to avenge the American blood spilled at Midway. There is no talk of introducing Japan to liberal democracy or abstract values. America is a real nation with a real people–it is far more than an idea in Midway.

The Pacific War was a racial conflict. The Japanese declared themselves as Asia liberators of the white menace. America’s predominantly white military saw an alien foe with an alien culture and alien values. This racial dynamic explains why there are fewer Pacific War movies. It’s dangerous to show heroic whites defeat evil yellow men. It’s far better to make films about scrappy Americans killing Nazis. The system’s values are upheld by Saving Private Ryan and Inglorious Basterds. It’s uncomfortable for elites who champion WW2 soldiers as the original Antifa to see them happily kill non-whites.

Midway may upset some viewers as too much like Independence Day on the Pacific, but it is still refreshing from the usual Hollywood schlock.

Now to compare it to The Patriot…

Many identitarians like The Patriot. It stars Mel Gibson as a Revolutionary War guerrilla who hacks redcoats to death. It’s an easy sell to a Dissident Right crowd who will enjoy any film with Gibson in it. Critics at the time attacked it as Nazi propaganda. “If the Nazis had won the war in Europe, and their propaganda ministry had decided to make a film about the American Revolution, The Patriot is exactly the movie you could expect to see,” declared film critic Jonathan Foreman. Foreman also castigated the film for casting “unusually Aryan-looking heroes.” (Midway is also guilty of this “problem.”)

While The Patriot has terrific battle scenes and Gibson puts on a great performance, it’s far cheesier and more pozzed than Midway. The Patriot imagines the colonials fought a war to build a whole new world of racial equality. Gibson’s character doesn’t have slaves–he has paid laborers. Gibson finds shelter among blacks and let’s his family indulge in African culture. A racist white soldier who thinks blacks shouldn’t fight or vote overcomes his prejudice with the help of a black militiaman. The men fight for a new world built on liberal ideas.

The British are portrayed as savage marauders, committing war crimes with reckless abandon and murdering hundreds of civilians. They’re also less kind to the blacks than the colonials, even though they encouraged slave revolts and promised freedom if slaves fought for the crown.

The Declaration of Independence argued for separation due to King George’s support for “merciless Indian savages” and slave insurrections. The colonists felt the British favored non-whites over themselves and race was a major reason why the colonists revolted.

But that’s all ignored by The Patriot. The Revolution is portrayed as a struggle for the values of contemporary America, not the values of the Founders.

It’s still not an altogether terrible film. The virtue-signaling could be worse and the film doesn’t demonize colonialists. It just transforms them into something they never were.

Like the Pacific War, movies about the Revolution are rarely made anymore. It’s a shame to have few depictions of our very founding. The Patriot likely remains popular because it’s one of the few recent Revolution films. American audiences hunger for such content, but Hollywood doesn’t deliver. Maybe studio execs realize audiences would reject the Revolution as a vehicle for progressive values.

We may soon see the absurdity of China financing the Revolutionary War film that lives up to Jonathan Foreman’s nightmares. If Midway is an indicator of what we can expect, then the theoretical film should at least be better than The Patriot. 

Americans see history through film and TV; and the most important historical event is World War II in Europe. Too many in our country see World War II as a struggle against Nazism and racism. This false vision allows our elites to denigrate nationalism as un-American and Nazi-like. In reality, the soldiers were more like the groypers than antifa. They believed America was a white nation and opposed racial integration. The America created by post-war elites–or imagined in The Patriot–is not the country they fought for.

Midway reminds us of that lost country and what we must fight to restore. Too many brave men died for us to give America permanently away to the globalists.

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20 Comments

  1. Baron Nishi
    Posted December 17, 2019 at 3:09 am | Permalink

    The current communist Chinese have much to thank for the Americans winning the naval battle at Midway. In the opposing case, the horror that is Maoist China and North Korea would have likely never been allowed to come about.

    I should remark that the political background to this film would find little sympathy from most readers here, since pre-war Showa Japan presented a mode of civilization that was vastly more exemplary and vital compared to the direction into which the USA embarked at that time and since then.

  2. Dr. Krieger
    Posted December 11, 2019 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    God Bless our heroic Torpedo Squadrons. They made a truly valiant run that ultimately drew the fighter umbrella down to the waves and left the sky open for our dive bombers.
    More than luck…
    Divine Intervention???

  3. Laurence Whelk
    Posted December 11, 2019 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    South Korea has made lots of big budget entertaining films depicting major battles in their history and they are not at all about defending universal principles – they are about defending a people and their home against outside forces. Usually the most despised enemy is the insider who sells out the Korean people to the outsider (usually Japan).

    This naval battle film is very entertaining:
    https://youtu.be/KoVntru_qUo

    I lived in South Korea for two years, and one thing I can tell you for certain is that Koreans believe they are the greatest people who have ever walked the face of the earth. I don’t agree of course, but I respect their pride – I wish Whites had it for themselves.

  4. Jud Jackson
    Posted December 11, 2019 at 4:44 am | Permalink

    Sorry, but I have trouble getting patriotic about anything concerning WWJew either in Europe or the Pacific. As my hero, Charles Lindbergh stated, we should have stayed out. Secretary of War Henry Stimson stated in his memoirs that the goal was to maneuver the Japanese into firing the First Shot. FDR wanted the war as his New Deal (Jew Deal) was a total failure. Pearl Harbor gave him the excuse and all the rest followed. All of these white guys, including my own father who was in the US Navy in the Pacific in WWII, fought for nothing.

    • Lord Shang
      Posted December 12, 2019 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

      100% correct on all points. Only note: there has long been abundant evidence that FDR knew about Pearl Harbor, and of course wanted it. The Flying Tigers had been baiting the Japs in China for a long time.

      Also, let’s not forget the insanity of White men killing each other in Europe. That was surely worse than nailing the Japs. The Great Race is still in the dumps due to the insanity of Europe’s second Thirty Years’ War. And just as Versailles begat WW2, so the bizarre moral overreaction to WW2 will beget WW3.

  5. HamburgerToday
    Posted December 10, 2019 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    Today’s essays — including this one — are why I support Counter-Currents financially.

  6. Steven W
    Posted December 10, 2019 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    I’ve never even heard of this film. Suffice to say the non-Whites in America don’t care about it because it is American history and it isn’t theirs. Two honorable nations fought a bloody war in the Pacific and now both nations are hollow husks of what they used to be. . . and one of them is infested with parasites.

    Regarding the Chinese funding I’ve always wondered if foreign nations could fund WN movements in America to help disrupt this degenerate Jewish regime for their benefit and ours. It would certainly be an interesting idea for a country like Russia, Japan, or China. Probably just a pipedream though.

    • Anon E Moose
      Posted December 10, 2019 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

      I remember hearing rumors about Gaddafi throwing some money to some WN groups in the 80s ironically enough.

    • Richard
      Posted December 11, 2019 at 10:48 am | Permalink

      There were some good reviews of this film on both Unz and Vdare. I suggest reading them as well.

  7. Julius Nepos
    Posted December 10, 2019 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    I didn’t want to see this movie but thought a post Thanksgiving theater trip would be fun as we had Friday off. The local theaters stopped showing Midway but there was one megatheater 10 miles away that still had it showing.

    Despite being at the end of it’s run, the theater was almost completely sold out, my young son & I got the last two seats at the edge of the 1st row. I thought I wouldn’t enjoy it but I really did.

    I’m well-read on WW-II naval history and didn’t want a movie that made historical mistakes like many do. I also loved the original Midway with Charlton Heston from 1976. Recently some books like “Shattered Sword” have come out that shed new light of Japanese mistakes as well as errors in the older interpretation of the battle. Tho different from the 1976 Midway, this film takes some of those new findings into account. It’s a complementary, different, and not at all inferior telling of the Midway saga.

    If you haven’t seen it, take it from a historical nitpicker, it’s really a film worth seeing + very enjoyable.

    • John Wilkinson
      Posted December 10, 2019 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

      I agree with this 100%
      I’m not necessarily up on all the historical details, but I *AM* a military history buff, and the Pacific Theater is particularly interesting to me…particularly the naval battles. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, and appreciated the fact that few “liberties” were taken to deviate from the historical narrative. Those liberties almost always incorporate POC and diversity in other movies. Thank GOD this one was free of that.

  8. Nuuanu
    Posted December 10, 2019 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    Does this film have a scene or mention of the heroic repair of the Yorktown? Sailer mentions in his review that one of the reasons they were able to do it in time was they diverted Honolulu’s electricity to the drydock, resulting in blackouts. The story of that repair should be better known. I’ve looked for details in the past and found not much, just skimpy articles and general remarks. This was a crucial repair job and one of the finest hours blue collar workmen like welders ever had in the US. Hollywood should have viewed it as a challenge to film something like that instead of explosions and combat heroics, and spent some time on it. I vaguely remember the 1976 Midway movie at least mentioned it, but I don’t think it went beyond that.

    • Don
      Posted December 10, 2019 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

      A great observation of a largely unrecognized example of heroism by patriotic blue collar workers in a time of national emergency.

      During the battle for Guadalcanal, Australian long shoremen went on strike for “combat pay” and American sailors and Marines had to load their own ships to re-supply and reinforce the embattled Marines in the Solomon Islands who were hanging on by their fingernails and running out of everything.

    • Julius Nepos
      Posted December 11, 2019 at 7:14 am | Permalink

      Yes, I dimly recall the 1976 Midway movie mentioned it also but this newer 2019 movie definitely does go into the Yorktown repairs. It even shows a scene of the work on the damaged Yorktown. Other things are omitted tho but to cover everythying would take two or three movies.

      I don’t understand why the critics panned it, it’s surprsingly well done and has included a lot of the new data learned about Midway from recent findings of the sunken Japanese carriers and release of Japanese transcripts.

  9. ronehjr
    Posted December 10, 2019 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    I don’t think it is surprising that the Chinese financed this film for two reasons. First, they hate the Japanese, and secondly, in order to subvert todays U.S. you need to appeal to old fashioned White American nationalism.

  10. Chess Player
    Posted December 10, 2019 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    The reason the Chinese were so eager to fund it probably has to do with Chinese animosity towards the Japanese for the war crimes of ww2, rape of Nanking and all that Jazz. If you watch Cantonese film at all this is always a major sub theme, cf. Five Fingers of Death, where only the most wicked of Chinese would work with the japs! It’s a living thing for the Chinese.

    That movie a while back, the unbroken, about the Olympic medalist who was captured by the japs suffered a similar fate. It wasn’t THAT good a movie but not that bad either, but it didn’t serve the zeitgeist. No one wanted to see( let us see?) a story about a white being victimized by nonwhites. It was panned by the critics.

    OT I saw another movie that influenced Star Wars—Sergio Leone’s Duck You Sucker! See if you guys can see how Han Solos character came from this movie. The subtext seems to be about the Fat Boy engineer, but I think I also caught something about the Samson option,”this is why we need it!” Ah, great movies have been before us, better none!

    • Chess Player
      Posted December 11, 2019 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

      Not to say the Chinese were right about that, but that’s how they seem to feel

  11. John Wilkinson
    Posted December 10, 2019 at 6:16 am | Permalink

    Absolutely spot on. I didn’t realize that The Patriot was directed by the same guy. Thanks for making that connection.

    Also….wow. China financed this film eh? Wow. If that tidbit doesn’t foreshadow the future, I don’t know what does.

  12. OnEstChezNous
    Posted December 10, 2019 at 2:56 am | Permalink

    I haven’t been to a movie theater for the better part of a decade. I might actually go see this.

    Hail our Chinese overlords.

    • Don
      Posted December 10, 2019 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

      Like you I don’t see many movies, having sworn off Hebrewwood more than 10 years ago. I’ve seen a handful of movies since then but I won’t go to see this one. I hate war movies, especially WW2 movies. Can no longer stand to watch them, having determined that war was a total fraud. I will go see Richard Jewell. A decent WHITE man wronged by a lynch mob media.

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