Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, Adaptation and War
Running Time: 2 hrs. 17 min.
Release Date: December 31st, 2008 (limited)
MPAA Rating: R for violence and language.
Directed by: Edward Zwick
JJ Rating: B+
Four Jewish brothers fall into the role as heroes to several hundred Jews, who they protect for the tail end of WWII from the Nazis. It is based on true events.
Acting was mainly accent for most of the actors. I think that Dainel Craig, Liev Schreiber and Jamie Bell did a good job. But the one that stood out the most to me was Jamie Bell. He had a couple of scenes where he played opposite Craig and it was his body language that gave the lines. It was very controlled and emotional with a twist of channeling reality. He was more of the actor who became the character than an actor playing a character.
Story wise it had historical backing which makes it more tolerable, because of time, than if it were fiction. They defied the Nazis as well as anyone who stood up with them. They were unintentional heroes, these four brothers. What they mean to do was save their own skin, but then the youngest brought in some Jews to protect and it escalated into a small town. They had a functional city going on there. They even had someone that though he deserved more just for, one assumed, putting in more work.
This story is similar to the Bible book of Exodus when Moses led the Israelites out of
In “Survivor” people wallow in self pity because they don’t have someone to lead them and then when someone does they complain because they are being bossy. There is no even ground. Same in Defiance, the Jews were saved but they had to be a leader. So when Tuvia (Daniel Craig) steps up to do that they accept it for a while and then they question it later. They want the protection of someone who can do it and when they get it he’s not perfect enough to handle the many stressors of the job. The good thing is that most appreciate it far more than their complaining showed.
The problem is that
Just like Valkyrie,