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Feature 6.0
Video 8.5
Audio 7.0
Special Features 5.5
Total 7.0
Distributor: Roadshow
Classification: MA15+
Running Time: 137 Minutes
Reviewer:
Mark Beresford

7.0


Defiance

During 1942 in the Nazi occupied Western Soviet Union, the Germans have been hunting down the Jewish residents and killing most, with a few being keeps and forced into slave labour. When sitting and waiting for death becomes too much for Russians Jews, the Bielski bothers, they make a run for the forests surrounding the area, a forest that they know extremely well. Once inside they encounter many other refugees who escaped the Germans clutches and together they set up a camp vowing to bring revenge on the German strong hold. As time goes by, the camp, now run by the two main brothers Tuvia (Daniel Craig) and Zus (Liev Schreiber), has become somewhat infamous, along with the two brothers and is restoring hope to the people as well as gathering a expanding population of refugees.

With a small population functioning under the two brothers command, the cracks in their relationship begin to expose. The day to day dramas of depleting food supplies, the on coming winter, and the constant threat of the Nazis, it is a constant fight to survive.

This movie took me by surprise, having never read the original text, a book by Nechama Tec, I was sure that it would be another WWII survival movie full of blazing gun battles and bullets shaving faces, this couldn't be further from the truth however. Defiance is a intellectual survival movie, combining the battles of family hardship, immense pressure, and general survival. Daniel Craig & Liev Schreiber both do a fantastic European accent and it's their chemistry as the battling brothers that keep the drama at its peak. The change of seeing the Jewish stance as opposed to Britain/American rescue is also a pleasant change.

There is every element needed here for the making of a great movie, but it still doesn't come together here. The cinematography is fantastic, and the editing and musical score of Joshua Bell add a strong depth to each scene. However, director Edward Zwick fails to continue the emotion long enough for you to be fully immersed in the story. There are some enrapturing scenes here, but in between those scenes are about four or five others that you simply don't care about. This really ruins the cinematic experience. It's certainly not a good film, but it's also far from bad.

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