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Tuesday, December 30, 2008


Q: What’s the movie about?

A: : Based on a true story, four Jewish brother escape to the Belarusian forest during World War II, and go on to help 1200 people survive the war there, with them.

Q: Who’s in the movie?

A: Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell, George McKay, Mark Feuerstein, Mia Wasikoska, Mark Margolis, Alexa Davalos

Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?

A: PhotobucketStop! Watching these people build a community in the forest, where they must hunt and gather to survive, as they themselves are hunted and gathered by the Nazis, seems like it should be more inspiring than this story’s telling turns out to be. And it clocks in at an audacious 2 hours and 20 minutes because the beginning and the middle have extraneous scenes. Maybe you’d do better to read the book it’s based on.

Q: Will this movie make me laugh?

A: Intellectual Jews have been known for their senses of humor since long before Woody Allen came on the scene. Unfortunately, in this film, the intellects are the side characters. Meanwhile, the main brothers couldn’t possibly take themselves more seriously.

Q: Will this movie make me cry?

A: No. And a story like this one should. Had it been told properly, it even would.

Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?

A: The Golden Globes threw it a bone for the score. But of the 4 World War II movies I’ve seen this month, this one is the least compelling.

Q: How is the Acting?

A: If is often hard to understand what these British and American actors are saying with their fake Polish accents, but thankfully, sometimes they speak in their character’s native tongue, forcing the use of subtitles, which are easier to follow than the supposed English they profess to speak. Their Polish sounds pretty good though. (Disclaimer: they could be speaking Russian for all I know.)

Q: How is the Directing?

A: I truly don’t understand why it has to be so incredibly long. And I’m not giving anything away by telling you that it’s one of those movies that ends with writing on the screen to tell you what happens to everyone after the movie ends… So if you’re going to do that anyway, why not end the movie sooner?

Q: How is the story/script?

A: The characters are boring and two-dimensional, and somehow manage to avoid winning you over, even as they are saving their people from annihilation. And an emotional spine needs to rely on more than just our preexisting knowledge of the horrors of the Holocaust.

Q: Where can I see the trailer?


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Farzan said...

Thats ashame the film didnt turn out better. I enjoyed Blood Diamond and thought it was a good movie.

Anonymous said...

They speak Russian not Polish