Starring: Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell, Alexa Davalos, Tomas Aranas
Rating: R, for violence and language
Four Jewish brothers living in Nazi occupied Poland escape into the forest where they join up with Russian resistance fighters in battling the Nazis. Throughout the war they built a village inside the forest and saved the lives of more than 1200 other Jews. Based on a true story. I've been wanting to watch this movie since before the movie came out in the theaters and I finally found the time to watch this movie and I thought that it was a pretty decent movie. This movie is pretty lengthy but overall, I still rather enjoyed the movie.
This movie is about four Jewish brothers living in a time when it was not cool to be Jewish in Poland. It wasn't cool because the Nazi's were killing every Jew and every Jew sympathizer. The movie starts with a bunch of Nazi's on a killing spree and Tuvia's parents were caught in the crossfire. Tuvia and his brothers flee to the forest and start a little Jewish camp that turns into a community and the way that these guys take on fighting the facking Nazi's was pretty intense.
This movie starts off with a bang and though I ended up really enjoying the movie at the end, there were times in the movie where it dragged. While they're building up their little Jewish community in the forest was one of those times. It wasn't as action packed as I was expecting with the directors opting to tell the story of war instead of actually showing it and I think that had they showed more of the fighting, I probably would have enjoyed this movie so much more than I did.
Of all the brothers, Zus Bielski was my favorite. The hot tempered, quick to kill a fool brother was the bomb. The way that he killed his way through Poland rocked my socks. I wish that Tuvia would have killed more people but hey, whatever..he was the good brother. He led his little community of Jews with a kindness and a fierce loyalty that was respectable and I was kind of soft on him but I was hot for Zus....what that says about me, I have no idea but hey, it is what it is. Billy Elliott's character was pretty cool as well. He was the peacemaker brother and he gets married in this movie to a one of the girls that I really liked for him.
This movie dragged a bit but not enough to completely take away my enjoyment of the movie. It was a good movie and I'm glad that I watched it. I recommend it. You should watch it.