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Enemy at the Gates
Some Men Are Born To Be Heroes.
Enemy at the Gates is a war film from Jean-Jacques Annaud from 2001 that takes place during the battle of Stalingard in World War II between the Russians and the Germans.
This film will always hold a special place in my heart. I love the dank, gritty and almost comic book like chaos of Stalingrad here, and secondly, I love the cat-and-mouse like duel that takes place between the Russian and German snipers.
It may be over the top and it may be a little bit silly, but none can deny that this movie is a whole lot of fun! Standout here for me is Harris, as the grizzled German sniper vet.
Despite the tacked on ending, fruitless romance, and those silly British accents, this film is a terrific piece of warfare. Every showdown between Law and Harris is tense as all hell and the general look of the film distinguished itself from most other tired WW2 films; Especially in the brutal opening sequence.
Disregarding the ludicrousness inherent in the fact that the Russian and German military speak in English (and sometimes British) accents for the entirety of the film, it is the handling of the story that leads to this
being a lukewarm affair.
Set amidst the battle of Stalingrad, the film focuses on a Russian and German sniper, and the games they play in attempting to acquire their righteous kill. This aspect of the film is likely the strongest, but unfortunately there is too much of an attempt to focus on other trivial matters. Whether we're talking about the nonsensical rantings of political agent Danilov or falling prey to the abysmal tacked-on love story, the one consistent feature tends to be that…
One of the key turning points of the Second World War, loosely based on the memoirs of a Russian sniper and judging by its ham-fisted melodrama, most probably wildly invented for the big screen. Although mostly European made, this is war Hollywood style, millions lavished on famous faces, set design, guns and explosions, with the script lucky to even be an afterthought.
Spielberg started something of a trend with the battle-mad opening of Saving Private Ryan and director Jean-Jacques Annaud aims for something equally ambitious. Except the movement of battle is nowhere near as fluid and it is suffocated by a banefully dull score - as is most of the film. The run-time is over two-and-a-half hours long, without ever…
James Horner really outdoes himself with his classic go-to horn cue in this movie. There must have been one hundred uses of it, it's wall-to-wall horn cues. There's a nice pun to apply to the name Horner but I don't have the patience or energy to attempt it.
God, Joseph Fiennes is horrible. Meanwhile, Ron Perlman shines brighter than everyone else in the film despite his criminally short screen time.
The premise of Enemy at the Gates sounded awesome to me. 2 snipers in World War 2 trying to kill each other. That sounded awesome! Too bad the film got ruined with a love story and additional plot stuff that really felt out of place and really just unnecessary.
Enemy at the Gates is a story about a Russian solider (Jude Law) who becomes a national hero after sniping down 5 German soldiers after a battle that mowed down all his comrades as he plays dead to survive. As his popularity gives morales to Russia, Germany sends out a fucking master sniper, head shot god king, Ed Harris, to kill him.
The first half of the movie showed potential to…
One of the few Hollywood films on the Second World War that completely ignores the input that the Americans and British had and chooses to focus on the Eastern front. If only for that reason, it's a refreshing change of pace. But the concentration on the cat-and-mouse game rather than the broad political strategies makes it even moreso. Jude Law is fine and Ed Harris is great as the two snipers, and the action scenes are thrilling. Granted, the love story is rather silly, but it sets up a rather terrific climax. Add in great cinematography, terrific effects, and solid characters, and you've got a pretty great war flick. No matter what the accents are.
I always watch a war movie on Remembrance Day (or for the whole month), and this was cool because it is told from the Russian perspective in WWII. I loved the tense sniper scenes, and there was a lot of good patience in both the script and Jude Law's acting. I don't know if it was because Joseph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz's characters lacked depth, or because too many pet peeves of mine were featured in this movie (characters from different countries not speaking their own language, and being British, and every piece of writing and propaganda was written in Cyrillic yet no subtitles were provided), but it was just OK.
Beyond the battle of wills, the portrayal of the grittiness and brutality of war and occupation left a deep impression on me.
not phenomenal or anything but not a waste of time either
this movie just stinks. yech
More than anything, Enemy at the Gates feels like wasted potential. Jean-Jacques Annaud's attempt to depict the battle that won WWII's Eastern Front wrecks suspension of disbelief from the first British accent to the umpteenth inexplicable plot maneuver. Not even James Horner's magnificent score can buoy a film further sabotaged by shoddy camerawork and editing that repeats shots in the hope that the audience won't notice.
why are they speaking english in the Soviet Union?
The Battle of Stalingrad was the climactic battle of the Eastern Front in World War Two, it was the pivotal turning point that would be followed by victory after victory for the Red Army as it marched it's way to Berlin. Yet, for such an important event, it's cinematic record is rather thin. Enemy at the Gates attempts to make the fight over Stalingrad relatable. Unfortunately, it is all too successful at doing that, to the extent that these events are reduced to generic melodrama.
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