Saints and Soldiers
Five American soldiers fighting in Europe during World War II struggle to return to Allied territory after being separated from U.S. forces during the historic Malmedy Massacre.
Saints and Soliders is that film that you always saw in the HMV (sob) sale rack. It looked interesting, the cover festooned with awards and compliments, yet I never managed to stump up the courage to buy it. It was always £5 and for a film I knew nothing about, that was too big a risk to stretch to. This is why HMV is bust.
However, Saints and Soldiers now sits in my hands thanks to LoveFilm and the long overdue watch is finished. The verdict? Well its standard War fare. The reason it always jumped out at me in HMV was that it was released in 2003, fresh in the wake of Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers…
A nice little side story of WWII that doesn't involve a large battle or any big players, just a few soldiers who're trying to get from behind enemy lines. It also isn't much different from every other war movie, but it does have enough personality from the actors to make it decent enough.
Takes a while to get going but after about 35 minutes it's pretty good. There is nothing new to be found here but it's pretty well made considering. The Brit is by far the best thing in the film. He's awesome.
2.5 out of 5 (C+)