Max Manus - Man Of War [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
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Norwegian biographical war drama based on the life of resistance fighter Max Manus, who died in 1996. Aksel Hennie stars as Manus, who joins the resistance movement in Nazi-occupied Norway and masterminds a series of highly successful sabotage missions against the Nazis. Although he is singled out by the Gestapo as a special target, Manus manages to avoid capture. However, as the war wears on and many of his friends and associates lose their lives, Manus must face up to his inner demons and come to terms with the realisation that everybody is a victim of the meaninglessness of war.
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I have opted to give it a 4 star as I felt that this was indeed a very good, well acted film. Awesome, perhaps not, but very watchable.
There really is no point in dwelling on whether the Norwegian's were in part or all against Nazi's; it is one of those historical arguments you can get embroiled in unnecessarily as to how much they 'resisted'.
The fact of the matter is that some did, and this film covers this in a very well paced way.
My only beef, hence 4 and not five, is more because being deaf I rely heavily on subtitles, and when the dialogue reverted to English, there was no subtitle, this I hope, will assist those of you who are hard of hearing.
Based on true events (and once you have watched the film, the word "heroic" takes on new meaning), the film tells the story of Max Manus, a Norwegian resistance fighter during World War 2 and the leader of the so called "Oslo gang", a group of dedicated patriots who decided to strike back at the occupying Nazi forces any way the could. Beginning with Max's experiences as a volunteer in the Finnish war of 1940 against the invading Soviets, the film then moves on to detail his exploits following the occupation of his beloved Norway by the Nazi's. Initially idealistic and something of a loose cannon, a brutal brush with the Gestapo see's Max flee to England, where he receives training in the arts of the resistance fighter and is parachuted back into Norway to organise the resistance, older, wiser and totally dedicated to the cause. Alongside Max are a group of like minded young men, all prepared to die for their cause, and it is their secret war that forms the heart of the film. Living on their nerves, aware that capture means death, this group of men carry out a series of spectacular and damaging operations against the Nazi regime, but as the casualties grow, Max struggles to come to terms with the loss of his friends and the sacrifices necessary to ensure victory.
The star of the film is without a doubt Aksel Hennie as Max, who breathes life into this apparently quiet man who decides to stand up and be counted.Read more ›
Tremendously tense sabotage sequences,added to a very exciting first half hour with Manus' desperate escape from Nazi intelligence being especially well handled are allied to good performances,excellent period detail and a refeshingly non-sappy romantic sub-plot that rather than derailing the film's momentum adds a well judged dose of believability and humanity amidst the terror and confusion of German occupation.
At times the efforts of the saboteurs can be a little hard to follow and more could have been made of the daily fear of capture as the film progressed with the clever Siegfried of German intelligence seemingly close but not enough becoming a contrivance too far.
However that does not detract from this excellent piece,based on the real life exploits of Max Manus and his crew,that conveys very well the psychological horrors of war and the lengths that ordinary people went to in their fight for freedom.
Maximo Guillermo "Max" Manus really existed. Born in 1914 to a Norwegian-Danish couple living in Bergen, he owed his first and second name to the great love his father always felt to Spanish and Latino culture, as he lived many years in numerous Spanish speaking countries. Young Maximo Manus also followed in his father's steps and lived and worked in South American and in Cuba for some time, before returning to Norway in early 1939 and joining Norwegian Army as simple soldier. In winter 1939 together with some other Norwegians he volunteered to serve in Finnish Army and he fought, quite bravely, during Winter War in 1939-40 against invading Soviets.
A digression here for fire arms and other military detail maniacs. Before watching this film I couldn't really understand the picture on the cover of the DVD, as the weapon used puzzled me - well, it turns out this is the scene from Winter War and the hero uses here a Finnish Suomi KP/31 9 mm submachine gun with a 36-round box magazine. End of digression for fire arms and other military details maniacs.
After surviving the war against Soviets, "Max" Manus returned to Norway and re-joined the army, just in time to see the Germans invade his country... After fighting in the Norwegian campaign, once Germans won, he went underground and joined the resistance. And here the film really begins and I am not saying anything more...
If you want to fully enjoy this film I advise against checking on internet what happened to the hero and his companions, as well as their nemesis, SS-Hauptsturmfuhrer Siegfried Fehmer, a senior Gestapo executive in occupied Norway.Read more ›
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One of the finest war movies ever made, with excellent acting, and a true tribute to one of the more unknown heroes of WW2 (in Norway everyone knows who Max Manus is). Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I set my expectations quite high and, unfortunately, I was sorely disappointed. Given it's rich pickings of true-to-life facts, for me, this film could/should have achieved a much... Read morePublished 8 months ago by DT