Poor Spike Lee... the African American community no longer needs their messiah and so he's left without his soapbox. Poor Spike Lee... still angry with the white man... or is it more a case of him being angry that race relations have improved and his voice is a faint echo of the past? Either way, he's lost his mojo... BIG TIME! When Clint Eastwood's Flags Of Our Fathers was released, Lee waged a war against Eastwood and created controversy by accusing Eastwood of being racist and not portraying WWII in an accurate light. He wanted to see more black people on screen and naturally Eastwood laughed at him and ridiculed him back to the boroughs. So Lee's retaliation was the 3 hour "Miracle At St Anna". A steaming pile of hypocrisy and boredom. I genuinely LOL'd out loud at the very first scene which takes place in the mid 80s. An old black man watches a John Wayne film with a look of anger on his face... these words mumble out of his mouth "we fought in this war too!". And so begins Spike Lee's ENTIRELY fictional depiction of events that didn't actually happen. Based on a novel who's author openly admits it to be a work of fiction. Anyhow, to offer some fairness to the film I admit that I stopped watching at the 30 minute mark. I couldn't take any more and so I can't speak for the rest of it. What I saw was a contrived, cliched and pretentious mess. The screenplay is atrocious and the acting ain't much better. Even the likes of John Tuturro and Joseph Gordon-Levitt give cartooned film-noir performances as investigative journalists in the 1980s, investigating a crime that links for the "Miracle At At Anna". So a massive yawn and "fuck you" to Spike Lee. He needs to make more non-political stuff like Inside Man... thankfully his next film "Red Hook Summer" does look good and it seems to ditch the preach-card.... but we'll see about that.