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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.
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.
"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…
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.
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…
WA Military History Class - DVD
Ah, finally, we get the long-overdue continuation of the 1978-1980 British TV drama "Enemy at the Door"... right? Hey, this film is about that British, at least until you notice the French director and a couple of American actors, and, for goodness' sake, it's about the Battle of Stalingrad between Germans and Soviets. The nationality of the filmmaking team is pretty messed up, but, hey, I'll take the miscast, because actual Russians are going to need to step aside if there's an opportunity for Joseph Fiennes to get some work. Man, he starred in the film that stole the Oscar from "Saving Private Ryan", and his career is still being eclipsed by his brother's, although that might be his fault.…
I can't say I've seen many WWII movies focusing on the Eastern Front or the Soviets, so that helped raise my interest in the movie originally. The love triangle and romance felt a bit tacked on, and it dragged out the runtime. Besides this though, I thought it was a solid war movie. The cat and mouse sniper duel was fascinating and built the tension nicely. Definitely worth watching.
the best WW2 movie so far
Love this film. Intense and Entertaining. The casts are amazing. The story is amazing. Love it.
Had no clue what it was about going in. Enjoyed it.
Solid flick for a date. War setting with action and drama.
Didn't though Jude Law can look like a russian.
A war movie based on true events showing the cat and mouse duel between two snipers during the battle for Stalingrad. The opening scenes of Russians entering the battle without weapons is startling.
Underrated. The production design is immersive and the action set pieces (both between the central snipers and the larger battle sequences) are very well presented.
I think it helps if you don't suffer from a 'Jude Law aversion' which I know many people do. I've always thought he was decent, if unspectacular, so I've always managed to really enjoy this film.
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