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it_PP
has_HVZ
been_BEN
20_CD
years_NNS
since_CS
a_DT
terrence_NN
malick_NN
film_NN
hit_VBD
theaters_NNS
._.
his_PP$
new_JJ
film_NN
,_,
the_DT
thin_JJ
red_JJ
line_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
a_DT
strange_JJ
,_,
beautiful_JJ
,_,
enigmatic_JJ
mess_NN
of_IN
a_DT
movie_NN
._.
the_DT
first_OD
thing_NN
that_CS
jumps_VBZ
out_RP
to_IN
one_CD
when_CS
they_PP
see_VB
the_DT
advertisements_NNS
for_IN
this_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
huge_JJ
cast_NN
._.
it_PP
is_BEZ
filled_VBN
with_IN
above-the-title_DT
stars_NNS
._.
the_DT
cast_NN
,_,
for_IN
the_DT
most_DT
part_NN
,_,
gives_VBZ
great_JJ
performances_NNS
._.
john_NP
travolta_???
,_,
whose_WP$
role_NN
is_BEZ
nothing_PN
more_RBR
than_CS
a_DT
cameo_???
,_,
seems_VBZ
not_XNOT
to_TO
have_HV
attacked_VBN
his_PP$
performance_NN
with_IN
that_DT
much_DT
verve_NN
._.
george_NP
clooney_NP
,_,
whose_WP$
role_NN
became_VBD
a_DT
cameo_???
in_IN
editing_NN
,_,
gives_VBZ
a_DT
strange_JJ
performance_NN
._.
one_CD
wonders_NNS
if_CS
he_PP
knew_VBD
that_CS
his_PP$
performance_NN
would_MD
become_VB
the_DT
object_NN
of_IN
ridicule_NN
through_IN
a_DT
character_NN
's_POS
narration_NN
._.
the_DT
rest_NN
of_IN
the_DT
cast_NN
,_,
especially_RB
nick_NP
nolte_???
and_CC
elias_NP
koteas_JJ
,_,
are_BER
unambiguously_RB
fantastic_JJ
._.
these_DT
actors_NNS
(_(
and_CC
they_PP
are_BER
,_,
with_IN
two_CD
exceptions_NNS
,_,
men_NNS
)_)
were_BED
lured_VBN
by_IN
the_DT
name_NN
of_IN
malick_NP
._.
terrence_NN
malick_NP
is_BEZ
a_DT
cinematic_JJ
legend_NN
._.
he_PP
has_HVZ
often_RB
been_BEN
called_VBN
"_"
the_DT
j_NN
._.
d_NN
._.
salinger_NN
of_IN
cinema_NN
._.
"_"
his_PP$
two_CD
previous_JJ
films_NNS
,_,
badlands_NNS
and_CC
days_NNS
of_IN
heaven_NN
,_,
are_BER
spectacularly_RB
beautiful_JJ
and_CC
obscure_JJ
motion_NN
pictures_NNS
._.
after_IN
he_PP
made_VBD
them_PP
,_,
he_PP
disappeared_VBD
for_IN
20_CD
years_NNS
._.
this_DT
film_NN
marks_NNS
his_PP$
return_NN
._.
what_WDT
he_PP
's_BEZ
made_VBN
with_IN
the_DT
thin_JJ
red_JJ
line_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
film_NN
that_CS
seems_VBZ
less_DT
concerned_JJ
with_IN
plot_NN
than_CS
with_IN
the_DT
emotion_NN
of_IN
the_DT
moment_NN
._.
the_DT
narration_NP
which_WDT
fills_VBZ
the_DT
film_NN
(_(
and_CC
perplexes_NNS
many_DT
)_(
not_XNOT
only_RB
lets_VBZ
us_PP
hear_VB
the_DT
narrators_NNS
(_(
the_DT
characters_NNS
themselves_PPX
)_(
pontificate_FW
,_,
but_CC
also_RB
lets_VBZ
us_PP
hear_VB
such_DT
of-the-moment_NN
thoughts_NNS
as_IN
"_"
i'm_???
scared_JJ
._.
"_"
the_DT
rather_RB
simple_JJ
plot_NN
of_IN
the_DT
thin_JJ
red_JJ
line_NN
is_BEZ
used_VBN
as_IN
a_DT
canvas_NN
on_IN
which_WDT
many_DT
stories_NNS
are_BER
painted_VBN
._.
the_DT
plot_NN
couldly_RB
simply_RB
be_BE
boiled_JJ
down_IN
to_IN
an_DT
assault_NN
on_IN
a_DT
hill_NN
._.
a_DT
plot_NN
synopsis_NN
for_IN
the_DT
thin_JJ
red_JJ
line_NN
is_BEZ
difficult_JJ
,_,
because_CS
the_DT
story_NN
is_BEZ
fractured_VBN
._.
many_DT
stories_NNS
are_BER
here_RB
,_,
from_IN
the_DT
clash_NN
between_IN
the_DT
lieutenant_NN
(_(
elias_NP
koteas_JJ
)_)
and_CC
the_DT
savage_JJ
colonel_NN
(_(
a_DT
voracious_JJ
nick_NP
nolte_???
)_(
to_TO
the_DT
private_JJ
(_(
ben_NP
chaplin_NP
)_)
who_WP
uses_NNS
his_PP$
love_NN
for_IN
the_DT
woman_NN
he_PP
left_VBD
behind_IN
to_IN
keep_NN
him_PP
going_VBG
._.
the_DT
fracturing_NN
of_IN
the_DT
story_NN
is_BEZ
ultimately_RB
a_DT
fault_NN
._.
it_PP
is_BEZ
as_IN
if_NN
an_DT
artist_NN
spent_VBN
an_DT
incredible_JJ
amount_NN
of_IN
time_NN
artfully_RB
sculpting_JJ
tiny_JJ
statues_NNS
and_CC
then_RB
threw_VBD
them_PP
into_IN
a_DT
box_NN
,_,
shook_VBD
the_DT
box_NN
,_,
and_CC
poured_VBD
the_DT
results_NNS
onto_IN
a_DT
table_NN
._.
this_DT
basically_RB
creates_VBZ
a_DT
mess_NN
,_,
but_CC
the_DT
stories_NNS
can_MD
be_BE
discerned_VBN
and_CC
enjoyed_VBD
._.
i'm_???
not_XNOT
declaring_VBG
that_DT
the_DT
film_NN
has_HVZ
no_DT
structure_NN
._.
while_CS
saving_NN
private_JJ
ryan_NP
used_VBD
warfare_NN
to_IN
bookend_NN
the_DT
plot_NN
,_,
malick_NP
uses_VBZ
reflection_NN
and_CC
glorious_JJ
shots_NNS
of_IN
nature_NN
to_IN
bookend_NN
about_IN
90_CD
minutes_NNS
of_IN
combat_NN
._.
the_DT
battles_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
thin_JJ
red_JJ
line_NN
are_BER
astonishing_JJ
and_CC
display_NN
a_DT
mastery_NN
of_IN
filmmaking_VBG
._.
the_DT
astounding_NN
cinematography_NN
in_IN
this_DT
film_NN
must_MD
also_RB
be_BE
given_VBN
notice_NN
._.
this_DT
film_NN
uses_VBZ
color_NN
and_CC
light_NN
in_IN
such_DT
a_DT
fantastic_JJ
way_NN
,_,
that_CS
it_PP
will_MD
be_BE
sad_JJ
to_TO
see_VB
it_PP
degraded_JJ
when_CS
it_PP
has_HVZ
to_TO
bee_NN
transferred_JJ
to_IN
video_NN
._.
ultimately_RB
,_,
malick_NP
has_HVZ
crafted_VBN
a_DT
film_NN
that_CS
is_BEZ
a_DT
movie_NN
that_CS
enjoys_VBZ
looking_JJ
through_IN
the_DT
treetops_NNS
more_RBR
than_CS
regarding_IN
the_DT
war_NN
that_CS
rages_VBZ
below_IN
them_PP
._.
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
filled_VBN
with_IN
nature_NN
photography_NN
and_CC
the_DT
regarding_IN
of_IN
nature_NN
._.
while_CS
some_DT
have_HV
said_VBN
that_CS
the_DT
anti-war_JJ
message_NN
and_CC
pro-nature_VB
tubthumping_VBG
was_BEDZ
juvenile_JJ
,_,
it_PP
was_BEDZ
done_DON
with_IN
so_RB
much_DT
complexity_NN
and_CC
thought_VBD
,_,
that_CS
it_PP
cannot_NN
ever_RB
honestly_RB
be_BE
called_VBN
childish_JJ
._.
after_IN
seeing_VBG
the_DT
thin_JJ
red_JJ
line_NN
,_,
i_PP
was_BEDZ
haunted_VBN
by_IN
it_PP
and_CC
am_RB
quite_RB
ready_JJ
to_IN
see_NN
it_PP
again_RB
._.