Inspired by the true story about the Belski partisans who lived deep into the Ukranian forests. It holds itself pretty close to the source material and is a gripping survival story. I like that the movie dares to show the brothers as humans doing bad decisions and have dark sides. An unnecessary action climax with a big tank has no basis with real life as if Craig needed a 007 moment. Still solid stuff though.
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.
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.
Really good film. At first I was a bit worried that Daniel Craig's accent would not be very Eastern European but it was all right! Especially when he started talking Russian. Anyway, the film was very well done. Recommended to anyone interested in WWII films.