I've never felt compelled to write a review of a movie before, but this one is so shockingly bad I feel the need to ensure that no-one else wastes their money on it.
I love WW2 movies, and I can sit through some fairly dire films, but this one takes the biscuit. So what's bad about it specifically; It's poorly acted, has truly terrible sound editing and a music score that's way off the mark. The plot just meanders around attempting to convey some kind of a message and fails miserably. We are even treated to characters being introduced then dissappearing without explanation as to why they were there in the first place.
However, there are 2 points about this film that enable me to give it at least one star.
1. The acting of the German commander was pretty good. Almost certainly because he was a German actor and couldn't understand the director, so just ignored him and got on with it.
2. The 'Making of' feature on the DVD. It's quite funny and shocking to see Ari Taub trying to give excuses as to why this film is so bad. Everything from actors larking around and being written out halfway through, to poor camera maintenance and even the crew setting fire to their lodgings whilst on location.
Do not get suckered in by the favourable comparison to Saving Private Ryan or that it won some kind of award. Avoid The Fallen at all costs.