Max Manus

Max Manus

Max Manus

An adventure epic based on the exploits of Norwegian World War II legend, resistance fighter Max Manus.

The film follows his heroic exploits from 1940-1945. Manus (Aksel Hennie), a Norwegian soldier, becomes outraged when Norway falls to Germany and permits the presence of an occupying puppet government in 1940. He rallies alongside other indignant Norwegians and forms a resistance outfit known as the Rognes Organization - a group dedicated to collecting weapons, disseminating anti-Nazi propaganda, and exuding a fighting spirit. Manus is eventually captured by the Nazis, but make a daring escapes and flees to Scotland. There he undergoes sabotage training with the Free Norwegian Forces and, in 1943, he parachutes over Norway to rejoin the growing resistance movement. A key figure of the resistance, he becomes the arch nemesis of Gestapo leader Sigfried Fehmer (Ken Duken).

Winner of 6 Amanda Awards (Norwegian Oscars) in 2008 including Best Actor (Hennie), Best Film and Best Screenplay.
2008Rating: R13, contains violence118 minsNorway, Denmark, GermanyNorwegian, English, German, Russian, Finnish with English subtitles
AdventureBiographyTrue Story & BiographyWarEpic

Reviews & comments

A stunning expose on heroism and the after effects of war

Of all the recent examples in this genre, this made the most impact on how those in the heat of the battle were affected.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Rousing widescreen historical epic "Max Manus" celebrates the deeds of one of Norway's most daring WWII-era resistance fighters.

The Times

The Times

press

This overdue homage to Max Manus: Man of War — a handsome, red-haired resistance fighter who attached limpet mines to German supply ships in Oslo — is a powerful surprise.

3.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

These adventures are duly celebrated in an entertaining, old-school war thriller.

3.0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Norway's tarnished reputation of co-operation with Nazi invaders gets a buff-up with this routine but impressive biopic of the country's most famous resistance fighter.

3.0
Newshub

Newshub

press

Max Manus is a take on World War II rarely (if ever) seen in our cinemas – the battle over Norway. The story is beautifully simple and compelling. The film strikes a deft balance between light and dark, tenderness and violence – the personal toll on Manus contrasting with the infallibility of war.

4.0
Independent

Independent

press

A tense drama of the deadly cat-and-mouse between the resistance and the Nazis. The film was seen by a quarter of Norway's population in six weeks.

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

Rousing widescreen historical epic "Max Manus" celebrates the deeds of one of Norway's most daring WWII-era resistance fighters.

The Times

The Times

press

This overdue homage to Max Manus: Man of War — a handsome, red-haired resistance fighter who attached limpet mines to German supply ships in Oslo — is a powerful surprise.

3.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

These adventures are duly celebrated in an entertaining, old-school war thriller.

3.0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Norway's tarnished reputation of co-operation with Nazi invaders gets a buff-up with this routine but impressive biopic of the country's most famous resistance fighter.

3.0
Newshub

Newshub

press

Max Manus is a take on World War II rarely (if ever) seen in our cinemas – the battle over Norway. The story is beautifully simple and compelling. The film strikes a deft balance between light and dark, tenderness and violence – the personal toll on Manus contrasting with the infallibility of war.

4.0
Independent

Independent

press

A tense drama of the deadly cat-and-mouse between the resistance and the Nazis. The film was seen by a quarter of Norway's population in six weeks.

3.0

A stunning expose on heroism and the after effects of war

Of all the recent examples in this genre, this made the most impact on how those in the heat of the battle were affected.

4.0