Rebecca at Just me... requested that we review some World Wars II movies so here is the review for Defiance.
If you have seen the movie please give it any score from 1 to 10.
Directed by: Edward Zwick
Release date: December 31, 2008
Running Time: 137 minutes
MMPA rating: R
The Good: A very interesting plot based on a true story, Good action scene at the end, A very realistic take on WWII Eastern Europe.
The Bad: Many of the actors' accents are not consistent,
Plot: The film opens with on-screen text stating: "A true story". It is August 1941 and Nazi forces are sweeping through Eastern Europe, targeting Jewish people. Among the survivors not killed or restricted to ghettoes are the Bielski brothers, who are Jews: Tuvia (Daniel Craig), Zus (Liev Schreiber), Asael (Jamie Bell), and Aron (George MacKay). Their parents are dead, slain by the local police under orders from the occupying Germans. The brothers flee to the Białowieża Forest, vowing to avenge their parents.
They then encounter other Jewish escapees hiding in the forest and the brothers take them under their protection and leadership. Over the next year, they shelter a growing number of refugees, raiding local farms for food and supplies, moving their camp whenever they are discovered by the collaborating police. Tuvia kills the local police chief responsible for his parents' deaths and the brothers stage raids on the Germans and their collaborators; however, Jewish casualties cause Tuvia to reconsider this approach because of the resulting risk to the hiding Jews. A long-time sibling rivalry between the two eldest brothers, Tuvia and Zus, fuels a disagreement between them about their future. As winter approaches, Zus elects to leave his brothers and the camp and join a local company of Soviet partisans, while his older brother Tuvia remains with the camp as their leader. An arrangement is made between the two groups in which the Soviet partisans agree to protect the Jewish camp in exchange for supplies.
Plot: 8.3/10- A very interesting plot based on true story.
Action: 7.9/10- Nothing we haven't seen before but it had a good bit action.
Acting: 8.1/10- Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber were very good in this movie.
Special effects: N/A- There weren't other than the standard gunfire effects.
Soundtrack: 6.8/10- Not a bad soundtrack but it get the job done.
Overall: 8.0/10- Overall Defiance is a good realistic war movie.
Closing comments: Defiance is a that you should see if you have any interest in WWII.
Recommended for: WWII movie fans, Daniel Craig fans, War movie fans.