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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…
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.
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.…
The needlessly melodramatic subplot cheapens this otherwise strong war film.
I love Ed Harris, I love Ron Perlman but i despise Jude Law, the movie starts out likes its going to be good but then fails because it becomes really bland, really dull and the romance does overshadows every thing else that's going on in the movie.
Bob Hoskins tries his best not to make you piss yourself laughing as he tries desperately to be Russian.
It's far from being a perfect film, but Enemy at the Gates gets to be really good and at times enthralling because it depicts World War II from a very different perspective, rarely seen in motion pictures: exclusively from the snipers' standpoint. There were a lot of suspenseful and exciting sequences. Jude Law, Joseph Fiennes, and Ed Harris delivered very good performances.
a film I've seen quite a lot, it's low budget, not massively historically accurate and has some slightly cheesy moments but I love it al the same. It's the battle of Stalingrad and the film is based upon the real life sniper, who became famous at Stalingrad, Vasili Zaitsev. It may not compete with the opening of saving private Ryan but the battle scenes are still pretty damn good, they did well to show the horrific brutality of the Russians (undoubtedly they hated it, but if anything that shows how good a job they did portraying them) The performances are all really good, Joseph Fiennes is fantastic and I always love Rachel Weisz, Juse Law is good too. There's a…
The movie was boring, and it was riddled with problems, many of which I might actually put in a review, but doubtful. Basically, bad attempt at accents, bad romance angle, and too long were three to start with.
I have a life-long friend that we refer to as 'the Yeti'. He has championed Enemy at the Gates for years. I have avoided watching it for that very reason... until yesterday, when I was at his place and he put it on.
It's incredible how accurately I was able to predict how this was going to go.
A bloody, messy war flick about the WWII Battle of Stalingrad, and subplots that occurred there. Steeped in fact, this part concerns the sniper Vassili Zaitsev (Jude Law) who becomes a German officer, killer, and military celebrity-hero.
Germany's master sniper, Maj. Konig (Ed Harris) is sent to hunt down Zaitsev and kill him, setting up a chess match between the two. It's all fairly exciting; Harris and Law make good opponents, and though they never speak to each other, they are clearly connected.
There is a requisite love triangle, but that doesn't detract too much from the story's spine, as the pretty female in the middle is also a soldier. The direction works because the big battles are grand, loud and chaotic. But the smaller mano-a-mano battles are small, strategic, and most importantly, character-driven.
It's an epic story rarely told in the U.S., and it sure feels good to live in peace time after seeing it.
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