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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.
Russia's most famous sniper manages to throw a shot into Ed Harris and Rachel Weisz.
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.
God, Joseph Fiennes is horrible. Meanwhile, Ron Perlman shines brighter than everyone else in the film despite his criminally short screen time.
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.
Thanks to the overabundance of his signature 'trumpet flourish', which is a foundation of the score to this film, I can't think of "Enemy at the gates" as anything else than a James Horner film.
I had to watch this in history class and subsequently sat through the most AWKWARD sex scene in any movie ever
The only gruesome war movie I've seen that managed to fit in a sex scene among all that slaughter. I thought this was pretty decent though.
Some things just looked strange like when someone got sho the body would completely ragdoll. Really sad and shows how bad Stalingrad was.
It felt like a fable in the setting of a war movie. I liked it
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…
All the way from 'The Land Before Time' to 'The Social Network'.
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Work in progress, will…
-Inspired by a recent rewatching of THE RUSSIA HOUSE (1990).
-Love stories set amid a backdrop of politcal turmoil.