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5.0 out of 5 stars Visually stunning, action-packed and epic in every sense, 14 May 2009
This review is from: Max Manus - Man Of War [DVD] (DVD)
I had been waiting for this film for a long while and managed to see it at one of the advanced screenings. It really is an incredible film. It's been a long while since a WW2 movie has moved me in the same way - I'm thinking The Pianist. I also read that the screenwriter died very recently at the age of just 28... which is incredible in itself given the depth and sheer scale of this film. A true epic in every sense of the word the film follows Max Manus, a Norwegian resistance figher first in the Winter War in Finland against the advancing Russian army and then in Norway itself where he wages war on the occupying Nazi forces with a group of resistance fighters called "The Oslo Gang". Shockingly brutal at times in terms of the violence this film does not shy away from the harsh realities of war and the incredible ordeal that occupied countries suffered at the hands of Nazi Germany. Packed with intense visceral action this is a film that will both keep you locked to the screen with excitement and have a profound emotional affect. In all honesty this is one of the most brilliant war movies I have seen for a long time. Breathtaking
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Initial post: 1 Sep 2009 16:03:49 BDT
My friend lives in Oslo and this DVD is only available with Norwegian sub titles there, have ordered the Blu ray version, I understand that there are lots of shots of Oslo ( the older parts ) and from my friend's recomendation and reviews I look forward to seeing it.

Posted on 25 Aug 2010 12:15:37 BDT
The Truth says:
Reading your review, and this is not a joke or sarcastic comment - but I don't actually believe you've seen this film. How can you say it's 'Packed with action'? I wouldn't say it's 'shockingly violent' either... Have you honestly seen this because I've never seen a war film with less action in it?

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Aug 2014 18:13:32 BDT
Filmfan says:
My exact observations too.
Truly a wasted chance to add on to the sparse action war scenes. The film makers should have added on this action aspect as I'm sure Max Manus had encountered more battle fights in his efforts against the Nazis. The technical aspect and details of the war action was top notch; all bullets were shown to hit walls, roads, trees when they missed their human targets. When the bullets do find their human targets, the effects were marvelous, just like in 'Saving Pte Ryan'. Body wounds and blood were shown to surge from the bodies viscerally.
This is why the film should have extended on the battle scenes, like during the fight with the Nazis in the snow. There were only intermittent short snippets of this action scene, which is a total waste as the film makers apparently are very good at putting on a battle sequence.
This is a high budget Norwegian movie, hence there should be no budget constraint in providing a few more battle scenes to make this a truly super epic war biography of a remarkable hero.
As it is, this is a good film but could have been much much better.
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