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A Tense Ensemble WWII Drama
on 23 July 2014
This is an interesting career diversion for Rupert Grint, best known as one of Harry Potter's pals. This movie is based on a true story. A couple of aircrews, one German, one English, are shot down over the ice and snowbound wastelands of Norway in 1940. There is a British officer and his gunner (played by Grint), and a German officer and his gunner. In a struggle for survival in the harsh conditions, the four of them end up in a deserted hunting lodge. Initally, the Germans, who are armed, "imprison" the English crew in one half of the lodge, but as food supplies run out, the Germans realise that the four will need to work together in order to get home to their loved ones. It is a little bit predictable, but all four actors are likeable, and the dialogue is well scripted. Being enclosed in the hunting lodge gives the film a quite claustrophic and tense dramatic impact, which I found to be very effective. This is hardly Bridge on the River Kwai or Zulu, but it is at least on a par with Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence, if you like this sort of thing, which I do. I watched this with my 11 year old daughter on Boxing Day morning last year, and it kept both of us glued to the screen. The cinematography is very good, and there are lots of eye-catching scenes of the wilderness.