Defiance - Edward Zwick (2008 )
A group of Jewish refugees hide in the Belarussian woods during the 1940 and build a society there until liberation.
I'm always sceptical when I watch a movie that is supposed to be a true story. So I am this time.
Historians has pointed to incorrect information here; Zwick beautifies the good parts and darkens the negative; these Jews were not only partisans, but also bandits that stole from the local farmers and exploited the women sexually, and they cooperated with The Red Army, that in brutality was not better than SS; Katyn is but one massacre.
The movie has also received criticism from the autor of the novel it's based on: putting scenes and situations in there to make the movie more edible to the investors.
That set a side, the movie has certain flaws. The script is too large and has too many persons and topics so I loose overview, and it seems to me that Zwck gets in a hurry with all he wants to tell us in this movie. It would be much better if Zwick had chosen some few people and few topics and let us follow them, and not like now let the story expand like dough.
Instruction is partly bad, the lines so direct and clear that I suspect Zwick mistake me for a retard. The casting of action actor Daniel Craig is not good, his stoneface leaves him too little to act with in the more tender and emotional scenes. This is better with Liev Schreiber as Craig's brother, he has both masculinity and emotional sensitivity in the scenes that demand that.
There are some nice filming in here, nice use of light and of the forrest's colour green. But here is also random and sloppy editing, the shoots are often too short and cut too early, this gives the movie an uneasiness and disturbing rhythm. There are some nice photos of the woods with camera movement, but again they are often too short for full enjoyment.