Defiance 2008

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Three Jewish brothers (Craig, Schreiber and Bell) escape from Nazi-occupied Poland into the Belarussian forest, where they join Russian resistance fighters and endeavor to build a village in order to protect themselves and others in danger.

Starring:
George MacKay, Daniel Craig
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DVD, Blu-ray

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 17 minutes
Starring George MacKay, Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell
Director Edward Zwick
Genres Drama
Studio MOMENTUM PICTURES
Rental release 18 May 2009
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 17 minutes
Starring George MacKay, Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell
Director Edward Zwick
Genres Drama
Studio MOMENTUM PICTURES
Rental release 18 May 2009
Main languages English

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Crowe on 3 Feb. 2015
Format: DVD
It's a great story, and it makes a good-looking movie here, with strong performances from Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, and Jamie Bell, and great location work in Eastern Europe in the forests quite near to where the actual events took place on which this story is based. The director Edward Zwick obviously likes the big historical canvas -- as in "Glory" -- and he has made a film that gestures appropriately at the kind of heroism displayed by the Bielski brothers Tuvia (Craig) and Zus (Schreiber) as they sought to protect over a thousand Jews from Nazi attacks in the Belorussian forests between 1941 and 1945. The action covers the first two years of their arboreal nomadic existence, perhaps because later Nazi attacks on their camps tapered off as German attention focused more on the Western front. The following comments list some reservations I have about the movie, but these are not meant in any way to discourage your seeing it. Rather, they indicate where Zwick (and/or his screenwriters) made what I think were some compromises with Hollywood conventions -- and maybe broader cultural conventions as well -- despite Zwick's desire to have made a movie that wasn't just "another Hollywood movie" (as he says in one of the special features).

1. The narrative sets up the brothers as types: Tuvia is the man who wants to fight the Nazis without becoming monstrous, like the Nazis. He wants to build a community and would rather die as a human being than live as an animal. Zus has no time for scruples; he just wants to fight. Both men's families have been killed, and their reactions to hearing of their respective losses cement the type difference.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Scarlett O'Hara on 8 Jun. 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I'll keep this review short and sweet (ish) -

I found the film excellent, and the story on which it is based (a true story) is genuinely moving. Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber in particular, give strong portrayals of the elder Bielski brothers, revealing a combination of courage, moral purpose and vulnerability, which seems fitting to their situation in the forest, being perennially hunted. he supporting cast are good, and the writing is fit for purpose.

I'm knocking one star off becasue this DVD is one of those that not only forces you to watch several trailers first (without being able to leap straight to the options Menu for the film itself), but it also forces you to watch an ad. If I want that, I'll happily go to the cinema, but please, don't force trailers on us in the comfort of our homes!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Feb. 2012
Format: DVD
1941 Belorussia, fleeing from the invading Nazi forces, the Bielski brothers seek refuge out in the vast forest. As more survivors find there way into the trees, the Bielski's help to form a new community that manages to thrive in spite of the overwhelming odds against them surviving. But the brothers have different ideals, is refuge to be their main goal? Or should they be striking out against the Nazi oppressors?

Defiance is adapted from the novel Defiance: The Bielski Partisans, written by Dr. Nechama Tec. It's a stirringly emotional story that most definitely needed to be told, however the factual content of this adaptation has been called into question by many internet reviewers. It's not my particular want to delve too deep into it as I'm really only interested in the film as an experience, what isn't in doubt is that these were real people, and these incidents happened, their legacy lives on and hooray to that I say.

Defiance as a film relies more on its story than its actual people to deliver the goods, something director Edward Zwick has often been guilty of before. Not that that is a bad thing here, for the story is required to be the main character of the piece, but for sure it feels like holes are dotted throughout the 136 minute running time, justifiable revenge leanings are jettisoned in favour of the usual alternative community draw backs. All the trade marks are in here as Zwick crams them in by the reel, divided aspirations, weight of leadership, romance, jealousy and fractions within the camp, so sadly the film wrongly feels a touch shallow and not fully formed, we have as it were, seen it all before.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stephen Kennedy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 April 2011
Format: DVD
Edward Zwick has mastered the knack of making movies with emotional resonance, combined with well edited sequences depicting battles and action. This movie is no exception, telling the story of the three Bielski brothers in Belarus, during the Second World War. At a time when the Nazis were rounding up the Jewish families for the ghettos and concentration camps, murdering tens of thousands as they went, these brothers survived and fled into the forests they knew so well. They are an anachronism, Jews who did not share the view of the majority of peaceful resistance.. they fought for their freedom living a harsh life in the forest under constant threat.
Zwick certainly elicits some strong performances from each of the three brothers. Daniel Craig, who becomes the de facto leader - the compassionate one, and Liev Schreiber outstanding as the brother who wants to take the fight to the Germans. Jamie Bell is also good but makes less of an impact as the third and youngest brother, undergoing a loss of innocence. The satisfying part of the story is the first half as we really explore these flawed characters - unwilling leaders whose true character emerges, in spite of perceptions of others, and even perceptions they had about themselves. It never becomes dull, but it does become more `by-the-numbers' once the Germans are closing in and we get to the final battle, and things get tied up a little less ambiguously than the tone the movie starts out with.
The relationship with the Russians, what happened to those who sheltered or aided the Jewish survivors, the harshness of conditions the survivors endured and the numbing effect of the killing and futility of revenge are all ably explored.
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