Written January 20, 2009
Last week I attended the advance press screening of this stupendous WW2 movie inspired by a true story.
Initially, I thought it was going to be another senseless shoot-em-up blood-splatter flick that Hollywood seems to be churning out wholesale lately - but, I was thrilled to be proven otherwise.
I was sucked into the well-paced/well-directed plot and for the next 136 minutes I was treated to some very fine acting by the talented cast - plus I was riveted by the excellent editing and cinematography - overall, great production values!
I got to 'know' the Bielski brothers and their grief - plus witnessed(from a different viewpoint) the struggle against the Nazis and the hardships and horrors that the Nazis inflicted on an entire race and those who supported/helped the Jews.
Plenty of action/suspense - nicely balanced by heartfelt emotional scenes.
A Must-See movie.
Not kids-friendly - violent and disturbing scenes.
Written January 20, 2009
Defiance was a heart pounding and heartwarming movie. Daniel Craig is phenomenal, Liev Schreiber exceptional and Jamie Bell Brilliant, The story of three brothers overcoming the odds of Nazi Persecution and bringing a community of Jews together in the face of extinction. At times you want to know the greater scope of the War in the East, instead of the internal conflict of the three brothers and their partisan group. All in all worth watching at the movies and purchasing on Fandango, so you can just pick up your tickets at the Kiosk thus bypassing long movie theater lines!
Written January 14, 2009
I was invited to see this film a month ago at the Museum of Jewish Heritage with the director (Zwick) and the Belski family as well as 200 other partisan fighters and their families. I was curious to see the film because my grandparents were Partisans, they married in the woods where this film takes place ( a parachute found in the forrest was sewn into a wedding dress for my grandmother). I was more curious to see this film because I wanted to see the reaction of the audience, the people that this movie was based on. There were many tears during the film but nobody left bc it was too difficult to watch and nobody took a bathroom break, nobody. The reactions were as I hoped. The survivors in the audience said it was accurate and although there were a few exagerrations, they said many scenes in the film were played down (implying the real story would be NC-17). Its a good film to see with your kids if youre a parent, its a part of history, a sad but at times, a defiant one.
Written January 02, 2009
AS A DAUGHTER OF A JEWISH PARTISAN, AND HEARING MY FATHER STORIES, THIS MOVIE IS SO AUTHENTIC AND TRUE THE DETAIL IS JUST AMAZING, ACTING OUTSTANDING ACCENT PERFECT NOTHING IS OVER THE TOP, JUST THE TRUTH! NOT ALL JEWS WERE TAKEN TO THE CAMPS MANY FAUGHT AND MANY NON-JEWS DID HELP, AND MANY DIED BECASUE OF THAT, THIS FILM WILL MAKE YOU THING ABOUT THE TIMES WE LIVE IN NOW, ABOUT SURVIVING IN A DIFFERENT WAY, AND GIVES US HOPE ANYTING IS POSSIBLE
Written January 04, 2009
THIS STORY HAD NOT BEEN TOLD IN FILM UNTIL NOW, AS MANY HOLOCAUST EXPERIENCES HAVE NOT BEEN, NOR NEVER WILL BE COMMITTED TO FILM OR BOOK. ANYTIME WE CAN SEE WILL AND DETERMINATION OVERCOME EVIL, IT IS A GOOD THING. SCHINDLER'S LIST WAS ANOTHER. MY FIANCE'S POLISH FATHER'S EXPERIENCE WAS ONE JUST AS COMPELLING, BUT WILL NEVER BE TOLD EXCEPT IN THE MOST PERSONAL FAMILY DIALOGS. HE HAS BEEN ASKED, BUT DECLINED TO "HAVE HIS STORY TOLD".
DEFIANCE IS A WELL ACTED, WELL SHOT MOVIE. IS IT THE BEST MOVIE I'VE EVER SEEN? NO. IS IT THE BEST MOVIE OF '08? NO. IS IT WORTH SEEING? DEFINITELY.