I have tried to limit this list to proper period dramas (no animated features or alternate histories) and arrange them…
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.
Russia's most famous sniper manages to throw a shot into Ed Harris and Rachel Weisz.
God, Joseph Fiennes is horrible. Meanwhile, Ron Perlman shines brighter than everyone else in the film despite his criminally short screen time.
"A single bullet can change history."
In the context of this film, they aren't wrong.
As a bit of a history enthusiast, it was by chance that I came across this film. And I'm glad I did. The game of cat and mouse played by the Soviet Vassili and the German Major is orchestrated beautifully. It's intensely elegant and choreographed like a ballet dancer creeping and tiptoeing gracefully past their opponent in the hunt for glory and for the sight of the other man's head skewered.
The film relies on basic inferrance to paint a bigger picture. It's not just about the game. It's about the political aspect of the war and how big a part propaganda is. Hitler didn't…
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…
The best movie that talks about The Battle of Stalingrad. It awoke in me patriotic feelings.
Interesting, tense, educational actually even though they mushed together a great lot of war experiences to get this one movie.
I watched this on UK Netflix.
This film is a rather strange film for me, I'm not sure why thats so because I really enjoy it but I just always feel it's rather cheap. In some scenes it looks rather TV set, which isn't a major problem but it just always bugs me.
The performances are great, I really like everyone involved in the film. Ed Harris and Jude Law are great as the toe to toe snipers out for each other. Rachel Weisz I also really like in this film and usually I'm not the biggest fan of her work. Bob Hoskins has a great cameo in the film and it's always great to see the late legend acting…
Finally some Russian WW2 action... Not that those of the Brits or Yanks ain't good but for once lets hear it from the Russians ahem.. I mean the Soviets...
An underrated World War II movie covering a section of the war (Stalingrad, the Soviets vs. The Nazis in general) that tends to get left out of the World War II movie canon. This was a huge hit with my parents, so not only did we see it in the theater, it's one of those movies where if it's on TV, nobody changes the channel.
Hot off the battlefield, looking handsome as ever, decorated sniper Vassili (Jude Law) is rushed into a decadent Russian party for a public engagement. Battered by journalists asking useless (to him, to the plot and to the audience) questions, Vasilli freezes in the camera flashes. A bafoonish, Nikita Krushchev (Bob Hoskins) ambles to his side and wraps an arm around our protagonist proclaiming, "The Germans have begun to SHIT their pants." The two men proceed to pay respects to a larger than life depiction of Joseph Stalin musing about pride and honor.
This my friends, is easily the best scene in this entire film. It is a laughable moment, unintentionally, like several other parts of the film, which relies far to heavily on generic wartime drama and narratives supported shallowly by explosions and kill-shots.
Good war flick.
My version - in chronological order - of the recent BBC list: much better than theirs!
All the way from 'The Land Before Time' to 'The Social Network'.
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