Japanese fleet aproaches the strategically important Midway Atoll ready to destroy the airfield and attack the island, but what Admiral Yamamoto doesn’t know is that American know his plans.
In 1942, after a streak of wins, Japanese forces were looking for the way to take the control over Pacific. What they did not known is that Americans have cracked their secret code JN-25 used for radio communication and were able to read most of the messages. But Japanese usually did not use the actual names of the places, rather some codes that represented them, thus Americans were able to read message about preparations for attack, but they did not know for sure what will be the target. Commander Joseph Rochefort used a trick to determine what will be the next target of Japan, he ordered a fake message about the problem with water supply on Midway be transmitted from the island. Soon later Americans have intercepted the same message among the Japanese communications and found out that Midway, a small, but strategically important atoll located between Hawaii and Japan, is the next target. After Pearl Harbor and Coral Sea US Navy had limited resources in the area - 3 carriers and few heavy cruisers, while Japanese still had at least 4 carriers plus escort. Admiral Chester Nimitz has to gamble his move to take away the advantage from Japanese, but his opponent Admiral Yamamoto counts on the element of surprise that is already gone...
War movie depicting the turning point of war on Pacific - the epic Battle of Midway, in which Japanese tried to take over the strategic atoll, while Americans had the last chance to still be in the game. Two great strategists Nimitz and Yamamoto have clashed in the duel, but one of them had the advantage of intelligence report about upcoming attack. The film accurately presents the events before and during the battle and all the tension on both sides - at that level it can be compared to brilliant Tora! Tora! Tora! from 1970, but Midway has one big flaw - a lot of scenes are stock shots taken from Tora! Tora! Tora!, Storm Over the Pacific, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo and several other movies, which makes it a Frankenstein-like production put together from bits of old war movies. Overall it is well made film that depicts the famous battle, but the creators were using far too many scenes taken from other productions to call it a great movie.
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