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1944: Forced To Fight [DVD]
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In 1944 the Battle of Tannenberg would become one of the bloodiest conflicts of World War II. The SS are repelling the Russian invasion of Germany, but half of the infantry is made up of eastern Europeans, drafted in from Siberian labor camps and forced to fight their own brothers. 1944 Forced To Fight is the incredible and harrowing true story of one of the darkest periods of World War II.
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The action is as good as any you will see and the materiel all seemed to be spot on as well as the uniforms. The Russian T34 tanks looked very real and even though there is some CGI here it makes no difference to the overall quality of the film.
There is a love interest too but that is both incidental and also a large part in that the affections in war time can often be magnified due to the constant proximity of death and injury. The acting is just perfect and the direction seemingly effortless in how well it was done. There is very little to find fault with here. In Estonian, Russian and German with good sub titles.
This is a film for those who appreciate a quality production and it may also shine a light on a part of that war that many of us know very little about, completely recommended.
1944 is an excellent war movie from 2015 about some soldiers of the small country Estonia, caught between Germans and Russians in WWII. It is a grim yet human exploration of people trying to survive the extremes of war and being forced to fight on both sides of the conflict. The battle scenes are excellent and the more quiet moments equally so.
I highly recommend this film to anyone who liked Saving Private Ryan, Thin Red Line etc. It is one of the best war movies of this century so far.
The film succeeds quite well in explaining the complex history of Estonia from 1919 to 1944 without spoiling the central drama. Reference is made to the Independence War of 1919-20; Soviet Occupation & deportations to Siberia 1940-41 (& also future post-1945 deportations of 'kulaks'); the Nazi Occupation & 'conscription' of Estonian youth 1941 - 44 as a prelude to the film's main subject: the Soviet reinvasion in 1944.
The war years 1940 - 44 saw Estonians caught between two totalitarian ideologies which allowed little leeway to the individual conscience. Yet the film shows Estonian Waffen-SS soldiers refusing to give the Hitler salute (mandatory for the whole Wehrmacht by this date) & making disparaging remarks about signed photos of the Fuhrer. Laughably, an Estonian government Nazi flunkey announces that Estonians have now been declared officially Aryan. The Estonian Waffen-SS are suitably unimpressed. These are shown as young men fighting for national independence rather than Nazi ideology. This comforting narrative neatly sidelines the murkier story of Estonian-Nazi collaboration. No mention is made of Estonian Jews.Read more ›
Watching the movie, initially without the aid of subtitles, I was intrigued by the obvious efforts that had gone towards creating a specific period in time and was particularly impressed with the ferocity of battle sequences. However, having watched the movie again with subtitles I was quickly drawn in by cleverly woven dialogue that allows a much larger story to unfold. Through listening to the thoughts of a soldier writing a letter home we learn not only of the events that lead to him fighting within the German army, but of how these same events were happening to countless other families throughout the country and indeed the rest of German held territory. In a rather unusual and clever twist, half way through the movie we leave the characters we'd been following and pick up the events from the opposing Russian advance, similarly following the lives of the soldiers fighting on the opposite side. The film is definitely one that anyone with a genuine interest in WW2 should see at least once.Read more ›
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As other reviewers have stated this is a superb film. I have only just realised that it is available in English under this title and already own a blu-ray edition under the... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Nicholas Robinson
Superb, historically accurate and deep war drama - good action, thoughtful dialogue, totally satisfying.Published 16 days ago by Lew The TV Snob
Fantastic, detail is perfect, kept my interest all the way through.Published 2 months ago by Chief cook and bottle washer.
Realistic depictions of combat taking place on the Eastern Front Baltic region...Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
As good a war film as I've seen: a difficult tale credibly and clearly told and acted; ample well-choreographed action scenes and lots of good detail touches to keep the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by W. R. Guntrip