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4.0 out of 5 stars How refreshing: One of the best war films I've seen in a while., 8 July 2010
This review is from: Days Of Glory [Blu-ray] [2006] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
WOW: What a film.

And WOW: there's some really harsh reviews on here, for what I thought was and excellent war film. How strange, and undeserved (look at the DVD reviews - it has 4 and a half stars overall, while at the time of writing this, the Blu Ray release, has 2?).

So, first of all, take it from me; this is a good film. Secondly, and perhaps most importantly - this is a good war film.

I love war films and it's refreshing to have seen this, as recently I've watched lots and they've all been a huge let down (Defiance for one, Max Manus: Man Of War, and although a series and not a film, Generation Kill spring to mind as a few Turkeys I've watched in the last few months) so it's good to have been 'blown away' (no pun intended) by this little gem.

For starters it focuses on Muslim soldiers from Algeria, fighting in the French army, against the Nazis - that in itself makes a nice difference to the usual, war films from the British (or worse still American) perspective and gives an interesting angle and perspective to a a genre of film we've all seen a billion times and generally can guess what's going to happen in them a mile off.

But the Muslim angle isn't the only way it's different: it's different too in the fact that there's really something innocent about the soldiers we follow (this is a theme that's nothing new in war films - boys fighting as men etc - innocent lives ruined) But for some reason, the piety, innocence and naivety of these few soldiers was different and incredibly touching. Even more upsetting. Take for instance, the fact that one of the men enlisted only had one arm, a bit of a simpletone froma small village - yet he still enlisted to help 'free the Mother land' - a place he'd only ever heard of in songs. There is some really, really excellent acting throughout, and you really end up feeling for the characters and what they go through.

So - what do they go through? Some really quite good war scenes, that's what!!!... It's not unrelenting, but the scenes that are, on the whole, are very good. The final battle scene for instance is excellent; really well done; and you're on the edge of your seat as few stand against many.

The scenery is stunning and brilliantly displayed on Blu Ray (better than the DVD release for sure) plus - for some unknown reason - the subtitles didn't distract from the film... (usually I find myself struggling to rush through reading the subtitles and take in the visual element too, but this seemed balanced just right. You could read the subtitles easily and at a good pace and still have plenty of time to take in the stunning scenery or great acting). This is one of the best war films I've seen probably - and I've seen them all. It's certainly the best war film I've seen in a while anyway.

This is almost a 5 star film for me - but I'm gonna give it 4. Ignore the 1 star reviews (as I say look at the DVD reviews) they're just stupidly harsh.

For once a film deserving of the accolades plastered all of the front of it's box.

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