Based on amazing actual events during World War II, Defiance tells the tale of a group of Jewish freedom fighters led by the Bielski brothers - Tuvia (Daniel Craig), Zus (Liev Schreiber) and Asael (Jamie Bell). They band together with Russian soldiers to oppose Nazi forces in 1941 by striking back and creating an alternative community for refugees, hidden in the forest. From the director of Blood Diamond.
BY Flicks Writer
Bold, brash, and - most importantly - genuinely a good movie, it's a tale of rural Jews fighting their oppressors. Farmers in this movie act like farmers. Their natural ruggedness is retained and, even in the face of the greatest of atrocities, they never forget their working-class sense of humour.
The three talented stars play their roles with typical fervour. Their combined work elevates the film, as the handling of all other second-tier characters is fairly boring. Predictable stereotypes are rolled out, including bad accents and 'the Russian that drinks too much vodka'.
Director Edward Zwick was handed a real visual challenge in the story's location. Put simply, it's hard to make a bunch of trees and home-made huts look interesting for two hours. Zwick works well within this obvious constraint and there's a commendable energy in the way he stages his action sequences.
Defiance has a lot going for it, but it's not perfect. At its best, scenes rollick along, aided by a fresh story and great male leads. At its worst, you'll groan at a few unavoidable cliches and bland art direction. That's not enough to stop this film from being recommendable though, it's well worth a look if you like your war films loud and uplifting.
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Enjoyable but not exceptional movie. They could have done more with the original story which is exceptional.
The film rolls like two connected stories - a before and after - and the main storyline does in fact split into two parallel lines at about the same point.
The performances of the two leads, Liev Schreiber and Daniel Craig, are the better for their contrasting styles.
The movie seems to have two moral strands: family first; and being a bad-mannered brute will get you shot.
Once you get over the fact that Daniel Craig is not James Bond or and English Drug runner, this is an excellent movie. I thouroughly enjoy movies that inspire, entertain and educate you, and this one does all three. (remember it is Hollywood so dont take it as a literal history lesson)
The music finishes it off by playing with your emotions and drawing you into the situation, and believing how they must have felt.
THis is definately best on the big screen. See it while you can.Hide
BY Andrew-Cozens lister
Gah, mashed the keyboard by accident and it went through.
that the community had built than with the Nazi's. I liked the moral dilemma between Tuvia (Craig), who just wanted to take enough food from the surrounding villages to survive and Zus (Schrieber) who was hungry for blood and revenge over the death of his family and friends.
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