Jewish brothers in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe escape into the Belarussian forests, where they join Russian resistance fighters and endeavor to build a village in order to protect themselves and about 1,000 Jewish non-combatants.
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Rule No. 1 when making a film about partisans in Belorussia: steal as much as possible from "Idi i smotri". Cover your lack of ideas with cheesy music and use ridiculous dialogue spiced with embarassing russian accents.
The first hour of Defiance is great but unfortunately it seemed to rely heavily on the chemistry between Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber. Once the characters were split up the movie went to hell. Picture going camping with a low-rent Schindler's List.
I very much enjoyed the setup and the beginning of the film. Craig and Schreiber worked well together. However, after they separated and their two paths began, the narrative felt much more of a history survey course - we hit the big points but lost the small humanistic moments that make the characters real. Zwick relied a little too heavily on tropes to make me feel sad. That being said, a truly gut-wrenching tale.
Amazing story but the film is a bit of a fail. Michael Phillip's Chicago Tribune review is spot-on. He laments that "the telling feels honest one minute and false the next" and remarks "the characters sound less like real people than actors in a play." He lauds Craig and Schreiber's "simmering-kettle performances" that "consistently outshine their material." Beautiful cinematography helps but watch for the history.
I didn't waste my time for watching this movie. It is telling a story, it gives emotions and even after a while it makes me think about some of the scenes I have seen. Just because of this reason, I can say that I liked the movie. That is the same reason why I am not planing to watch it again. P.S. Good choice for Lithuanian forests.
This film is really good, because of it being based on a true story . The actors are really good in this of how the characters have to survive from the Nazi's and help their fellow jews to fight for their freedom :)
The only thing that bugged me was them switching in and out of polish language. I did give it a bit more of a foreign film feel but they should have done it for the whole thing, at least in my opinion. other than that it was pretty good.