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Movie Review: Defiance

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Prinz Lee wrote this review 6 years and 5 months ago

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PL's Archines: Written 1/24/09

Defiance” being a true story embellishes the true act of human-nature when taking matters into your own hands and delivering for the greater good. World War II as many of us are fully aware of, delivered worldwide shockwave as Nazi Germany grew to lengths of uncontrollable horrible malicious intent ever inflicted by mankind. Like many suffering candidates of the past, present and for sure future, Jews represent a major part in how far hate can go. The Holocaust, a major controversial topic to this day and years to come, will forever carry stories of unsung heroes who risked their own life or lives in order to serve and protect. In this film, the story of four brothers (the Belski’s) who after so much rummage and murder among Jews (their parents and other loved ones included) find a way of escape and take refuge in the woods of then occupied Byelorussia seeking survival against an evil empire. Spearheaded by two of the brothers “Tuvia Belski” (Daniel Craig) and “Zus Belski” (Liev Schreiber) a bitter-sweet way of life is expected and taken upon as day to day unsolved or unexpected events begin to emerge.

As far as what’s reality or what’s been added, who knows, but adapting this true life event was pretty interesting in the sense of how much research went into the project. Never having sought any kind of recognition or payback, the Belski’s story of guide, survival and co-existing with those wanting them snuffed out is delivered in this film very detailed and precise. Acting wise everyone did their piece for realistic affect and the intensity carried by the two leading brothers also made it interesting as inevitably, two different personalities tackling two different types of issues… care and war. The sensibility and resonating feelings delivered by Craig and Schreiber are defined well and true to the fact that I’m sure this was no easy task for Director Edward Zwick.

Although not being able to fall out of realization that it wasn’t “James Bond” or “Saber-tooth” (Upcoming in X-Men Origins: Wolverine), they really did beat that sense of falling out of those hero-like mainstream characters. Sure they were heroes, but only in this particular realm, they were portraying those heroes who really existed and not given life based off adventurous writing.

Therefore, I conclude, drastically on the run and hiding in the deep forests of the then German occupied Poland and Byelorussia that was World War II, the four Bielski brothers find the impossible task of foraging for food, weapons and survival, not just for themselves but for a large mass of fleeing Polish Jews from the German war machine. The Bielski brothers, living with the intense fear of discovery, struggling with neighboring Soviet partisans and knowing whom to trust take on the responsibility as guardians is a fascinating look into the a small independent group of defiant band-of-brothers. Consisting of women, men, children, the elderly and the young alike hiding in makeshift homes in the dark, cold and unforgiving forests in the darkest times of German occupied Eastern Europe, Defiance is a powerful reminiscent of dedication, sacrifice, desperation and hope.



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