Medal of Honor is a documentary series about love. However, it does not talk about love in a conventional way, or that which we are used to see in romantic or family movies. It is, in fact, about the love of people towards their peers in an environment of total conflagration, as in the conflicts and wars spread throughout the world (watch here).
What we see here are soldiers who, in order to protect men and women they often don’t even know, risk their lives on virtually suicidal missions.
In Medal of Honor, we get to know the story of people who have really earned this distinction from the American government for their bravery and courage during conflicts that have marked the history of the United States. In this way, we follow subjects that go from accompanying the survivors of World War II talking about people who risked their own lives to save them, to testimonies of soldiers who served in the most recent conflicts (as in Afghanistan and Iraq) where they were in situations that there was a huge chance of dying, but escaped by actions of people they did not even know, who were there with the sole mission of not allowing them to be killed.
It is also worth noting that in each episode, there is a recreation of the moments of the portrayed people’s bravery. These scenes are, for the most part, worthy of cinema. It is clear, in those moments, the hand of Zemeckis, a man who has always cherished for innovation and cinematographic quality in all his works. The re-creation of wars is excellent and puts us into the action, transporting us from beyond the witnesses’ stories and into the battlefields.
Zemeckis, however, is not the only Oscar winner to be involved in the Medal of Honor. The director of the series is James Moll, winner of the Oscar for Best Documentary for “The Last Days” in 1998. He is the one who commands the action, both the staged and the testimonials, and mixes that material which results in a powerful documentary series that’s exciting. Moll is also extremely perfectionist, paying attention to every detail that can lead the viewer to a deeper experience.
Synopsis 1: All gave some. Some gave all. These are the true stories of the heroes who went above and beyond
Synopsis 2: Honoring service members whose courage merited the awarding of a Medal of Honor, this docudrama series re-criates their inspiring true stories.