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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.
"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…
Set during the battle of Stalingrad in World War II, Two snipers from opposing sides hunt each other down. Stars Jude Law, Ed Harris, Joseph Fiennes, and Rachel Weisz' ass.
Decent plot. Everything else was okay, except for Joseph Fiennes -- he was terrible. I could not stand watching him, nor hear him talk (his accent was a disaster). In my opinion he ruined what could have been a great film. Not Jude Law's greatest performance, but that man sure is sexy as fuck though. Despite only having less than 10 minutes of screen time, Ron Perlman shined brighter than everyone else in the film. Ed Harris should play more villians.
Rachel Weisz' ass. Rachel Weisz' ass. Rachel Weisz' ass.…
Probably the most intense and thrilling game of hide and seek ever. A Russian sniper, who becomes a legend during the battle of Stalingrad, has become the target of a German sniper that is sent after him to crush the morale of the Russian army and its people. This is basically Jude Law and Ed Harris trying to draw each other out for about 2 hours, and isn't it exciting! These actors are both magnificent with Jude law showing incredible emotion to become every bit the hero as his character. Lets face it, Ed Harris in anything as a bad guy is worth watching and I was also impressed by the performances from the jealous best friend Fiennes, and love…
Another movie I was recommended by a couple of my friends and it didn't disappoint.
A WW2 movie about a young Russian sharpshooter and his one-on-one game against a German one. Sounds like a recipe for disaster ? Well they pulled it off pretty well, if you ask me.
The most striking feature about this movie would be the visual and the music. They were enough to keep me engrossed for over 2 hours. Jude Law & Ed Harris do a great job with their roles but I quite didn't like Rachel Weisz in this. Overall a movie worth watching once, if you are into WW movies.
The music is way, way too bombastic. Kills many scenes that could have been effective with little or no music at all. The special effects are pretty great, though and the film is very brutal at times. Just a pity that there is sort of an artificial feel to it. Doesn't help to have Joesph Fiennes in a leading role. He really isn't that good of an actor. Ed Harris is a highlight, though. Always is.
Ebert said it better than I ever could: "...it is about two men playing a cat-and-mouse game in the ruins of Stalingrad. The Nazi is sure he is the cat. The Russian fears he may be the mouse."
High points: Ron Perlman's story of how he got his metal mouth. In fact, Ron Perlman in general. Bob Hoskins' General Khrushchev. Jude Law and Rachel Weiss' urgent, public sex scene.
Low points: Love triangles. Child actors. James Horner's four-note danger theme.
Bonus: Rachel Weiss' sweet, naked ass.
Badass sniper movie with some cool insights into history.
Good war movie but not exceptional. Lacks those really great characters and key suspenseful moments to make it really leave a powerful impression.
Jude Law is abysmal but this sniper movie is great at building tension
An amazing film focusing on a Soviet Sniper during WWII, it details the trials and tribulations of the Soviets as they fight the Nazi's and their own fears. The battlefield can be changed significantly by the presence of a single well trained sniper. A brutal, breath taking, heart stopping film that will keep your eyes peeled for its duration.
I somehow find this too theatrical and overromanticised in a way.
Can`t exactly put my finger on the reason though.
Maybe it`s the russians and germans, who only speak russian and german in te backround and conversate to each other freely in a perfect british english or, well, maybe it`s somehing else.
Suspenseful telling of a vicious battle between expert snipers from Russia and Germany, set against the backdrop of the Battle of Stalingrad. Vassili Zaitsev becomes a Russian national hero, partly through his abilities and partly through the propaganda of his friend Danilov – who happens to be vying for the same girl as he is. Partially true story that depicts some horrifying aspects of the war – and contains one of the most decidedly unromantic love scenes in recent memory.
'zEnemy at the Gates' tells its tale over the pivotal Battle of Stalingrad where over a million Russians lost their lives to repel the German advancement. The Russians at this point were throwing boys as young as school kids into the battle and arming some of them with nothing. It was an attempt to create wave upon human wave to overrun the Germans. The Battle of Stalingrad was a decisive moment in WWII, but how 'Enemy of the Gates' portrays it - the battle was nothing. The entire war was turned by two men.
The beginning to the film (and also the best part) shows the immediacy of the war and is very parallel to the Omaha invasion. People are…
A decent, grimy cat and mouse war film.
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