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This has been unjustly criticized as being tasteless becasue of it's mixing genocide and wartime romance plots. They have given Oscars to more manipulative history films. I felt the acting made the melodrama more credible than it would have been otherwise. However, unlike the expansive running time of a historical novel, a 2 hr film may be too sprawling to deal with the atrocities and the personal drama fully.
With Terry George being kinda rusty, this movie failed to express the drama of those historical facts because the story focused more on the silly romances between the three main characters.
It's a little bit of waste of talent, both Bale and Isaac don't have the required resources to make something special with their characters and with the story ultimately.
Could it have been easily a real history lesson.
This is really an annoying watch. The problem with this film -as with similar films- is that the tragedy of the past genocide deserves to be portrayed much more carefully, realistically, accurately instead of being executed as in this sort of Hollywoodised, commercial & infantile story-telling and dramatisation.