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2014. This is a RUSSIAN movie that is dubbed into English. Quite well done but the super battle action special effects plus the "slo-mo" action photography like in "The MATRIX" and/or Chinese fight movies is distracting and also over-powers the actual storyline plot. Some of the dialogue that is dubbed is silly. I liked it and give it a 6 out of 10. 'ENEMY AT THE GATES' WAS BETTER.
This movie really shows the total brutality of the battle of Stalingrad. There are quite a few vicious close combat secenes that are really shows just how viscous street fighting is and how much each side hates the other. No quarter is given or offered. As for the haters ignore them this movie shows the Russians executing one of thier own pretty early on just for talking back. Both sides are shown doing aweful and insane stuff. And from everything I've read or watched about the eastern front I totally believe that stuff like this was very common.
More pro-Stalinist propaganda than actual historical perspective. Bad CGI, bad acting, bad writing, questionable historical accuracy, average and formulaic plot outline. Too bad, it looks like the producers spent a lot of $$ on this thing.
if you spend 20 hours a day playing computer games, you might like this. if you don't, find anything made by aleksei german sr. & see a different kind of russian war film. he only made 6 films & 2 of them are at the library. i guess i must be old fashioned since i like movies to have something besides stuff blowing up, to paraphrase hswager below.
An excellent WWII action drama as a handful of Russian soldiers were ordered to stall the advance of a large company of German army at Stalingrad. Amid the deadly chaos of war, there were a whole host of poignant stories on soldiers and civilians plus two pairs of love stories. Particularly clever was how the film began with the international rescue efforts in the aftermath of the March 2011 Japanese earthquake. Before switching back in time to the Stalingrad battle, a man's conversation with a victim ended with an enigmatic comment which was explained ~2 hours later at the end of the film (see quotes.) Besides the tight-knit script, the acting, production set, costumes, stunts and special effects are as good as any big budget Hollywood film I have seen. 4.5 yo 5 stars.
Visually stunning film, beautifully directed and photographed. Real sets, buildings and people. Strangely lush and romantic score by the very talented Angelo Badalamenti.
Also, very graphic and gruesome, yet often touching and emotional. The director, obviously, portrays the Russians in a favorable light. The truth is that Russia was as brutal and savage as Germany. But Germany invaded Russia, so that's how the story is told.
Acting is predictable, except for Thomas Kretschmann as Kahn, who is outstanding. English dubbing is ridiculous and unnecessary.
Worth seeing, as is another great Russian film, "12." Beats Hollywood any day.
I want to warn anyone with an ounce of military knowledge: do not waste your time with this. Absolutely horrible in almost every way (the sets were actually pretty good though).
It makes Enemy at the Gate look like a master piece of historical significance.
Go to the dentist and have a cavity fixed rather than watch this...it would be more enjoyable.
This is a great war movie if you like movies where stuff blows up. There are clear good guys and bad guys. The costuming and CGI are accurate. Lots of Nazi tanks and planes blow up in majestic fireballs.
It has a simple over-the-top plot that is very (Russian) patriotic. Think Saving Private Ryan not A Thin Red Line. It is so over done you may think Vladimir Putin helped write it.
The settings and the war scenes suggest this to be an expensive film to make. However, visual aside, the directing and the editing were poor. I watched it in in the English dubbed version and that probably made it worse. I still got something out of it but, in the hands of a more capable director, it could have been a much better film.
I agree with "taxtherich" 's comments ...usually Russian movies have a lot of heart ... this one was very disappointing.
Skip this movie. At best this is post-soviet propaganda for the generation of Putin and at worst this is a directors attempt to make a martial arts styled WW2 movie. The plot line is more thin than your typical hollywood film and the graphics average. There are much better films out there, save your time and skip this one.
It kind of reminded of a comic book. The narration was rather cheesy. Also the beginning with the link to the tsunami in Japan seems a bit of a stretch. The guy would be 67 years old. Would they really send a guy that old? The action was ok, and the story of Stalingrad is certainly compelling, (and worthy of a better effort). That said it is not the worst movie ever and graphics were pretty good.
I enjoyed this movie and found it to be fairly accurate as to the battle of Stalingrad. The movie is just a microcosm of the larger conflict. This makes the war very personal.
Suggest you watch in Russian with subtitles.. Acting is horrible.. Was most likely filmed during a volcanic eruption...ashes everywhere!!!... Fortunately my DVD stopped after 69 minutes...gave me the opportunity to not watch the rest.
Nothing compared to the original Stalingrad movie.
2 stars at most...
Ok the concept is great visually great acting was horrible along with the dubbed dialog reminds me of old Japanese Kung fu movies!! The way it starts is like no other movie I thought it was the wrong movie any way I think it enjoyable give it a shot
Two historical references: ...... “Allies at War : the Soviet, American and British Experience, 1939-45” ... by ... David Reynolds .... Warren F. Kimball .... A.O. Chubarian .... published Palgrave Macmillan .. 1994 ... hc .... ISBN-10: 0333615034 .... ISBN-13: 978-0333615034 ..... and ..... “Alliance : the Inside Story of How Roosevelt, Stalin and Churchill Won One War and Began Another” ... by Jonathan Fenby .... published .. MacAdam/Cage, 1st American Edition, 2007 ...hc .... ISBN-10: 1596922532 ..... ISBN-13: 978-1596922532
This film has little historical documentary value,.. but its interesting to see how the Russians make an action-war movie. The English dubbing is O.K.,.. but click on the English subtitles when the Nazis are speaking Germain (or you'll be reading automatic subtitles in Russian). Highly recommended for its unique portrayal of combat action and for war film buffs.