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Defiance
Defiance

Defiance

2008
Drama, War
2h 17m
Three Jewish brothers escape from Nazi-occupied Poland into the Belarussian forest, where they join Russian resistance fighters and endeavor to build a village in order to protect themselves and others in danger.
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Rated
31st
60
Even with beautiful cinematography, a touching true story and a good performance by Craig, this is just a mediocre war movie.
Rated
39th
69
Defiance is a mixed bag. For the first half of the movie you definitely expect it is going somewhere. The intimate setting, the truly moving backdrop for the story, and interesting characters surely do excite but once it starts becoming more action than drama, it really takes a turn for the worse. The sequences are weak whenever there is fighting and it starts to lose focus on the characters. Defiance is a good movie overall, but you can't help feel it could have been much better.
Rated
7th
25
Plodding, humorless and bleak, Defiance runs the gamut of war cliches and holocaust melodrama until it finally punches in an uninspired bit of action before calling it quits and stumbling off into the woods. Too many scenes focused on how miserable conditions in the forest were, how scared the people were and how desperate their situation was, to the point at which I began to lose patience. After enjoying such Zwick films as The Last Samurai and Blood Diamond, this was a disappointment.
Rated
70th
6
A respectable war movie about a very interesting story, but Edward Zwick's cinematography and grasp of epic scope isn't up to the caliber he displayed in Glory, Blood Diamond, or The Last Samurai. Occasionally melodramatic where it should be dramatic, and the climax is unremarkable.
Rated
31st
60
Zwick's "Defiance" faces an interesting dilemma - it's a compelling story made into a routine war film without much in the way of suspense or intensity. Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber have solid performances here, but their characters aren't given the proper treatment. The movie feels a little empty overall, despite a solid production design and an age-old consistent formula backing it up. It's not exactly boring, but it's not exciting either, and lacks even one memorable scene.
Avg Percentile 47.65% from 1636 total ratings
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