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Defiance (DVD)

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    DEFIANCE is a different kind of World War II movie, one that looks at the Holocaust from a unique angle--telling the true story of a group of Jews in Eastern Europe who fought back. On the run from the Germans and the local police, the three Russian Bi......more

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DEFIANCE is a different kind of World War II movie, one that looks at the Holocaust from a unique angle--telling the true story of a group of Jews in Eastern Europe who fought back. On the run from the Germans and the local police, the three Russian Bielski brothers--Tuvia (Daniel Craig), Zus (Liev Schreiber), and Asael (Jamie Bell)--hide out deep in the forest. Their numbers swell as more and more refugees join them, coming together to form a community while also patrolling with guns and shooting the enemy to stay alive. But Tuvia and Zus have a falling-out over what future direction to take: Tuvia thinks it best to remain in the forest despite the coming vicious winter, but Zus wants to join the Russian resistance, which is aggressively attacking the Nazis. Complicating the situation are the women in their lives, known as forest wives--Lilka (Alexa Davalos) shows interest in Tuvia, Bella (Iben Hjelje) grows close to Zus, and young Chaya (Mia Wasikowska) and Asael flirt with the tingles of first love. As food grows scarce, diseases increase, and the Nazis become determined to find and kill them, the Bielski Otriad struggles to survive, battling back when necessary, including taking up arms. Directed by Edward Zwick (GLORY, BLOOD DIAMOND) and based on the nonfiction book by Dr. Nechama Tec, DEFIANCE is a powerful thriller filled with tense human emotion, a gripping story about brotherly love and the basic human instinct to survive against all odds. Craig (LAYER CAKE, CASINO ROYALE), Schreiber (EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED), and Bell (BILLY ELLIOTT) are terrific as the Bielski brothers, three very different individuals who simply refuse to just lie down and die.

Actor(s): Iben Hjejle, Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Mark Feuerstein, Allan Corduner, Mia Wasilkowska, Tomas Arana, Jamie Bell, Alexa Davalos, Jodhi May
Director(s): Edward Zwick
Studio: Paramount Home Video
Format: DVD Sensormatic; Widescreen
Genre: War/Military/Action/Adventure/Drama
Rating: Restricted
UPC: 097363527244
Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.25 x 7.5 in
Weight: 0.2 lbs
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  • One of my favorites

    I love this movie...I loved that this was a true story...to see that no matter what turmoil, Jewish people, who are God's chosen, will always have provision, and a way made out of no way. I'm glad I was grafted in to to the family by Jesus. What God did for them, He is still doing in the earth today. Israel, we are with you!

  • Defiance

    This is a true story and I thought it might be kind of dry. Was I ever wrong, it is one of the best movies I have seen in a long time. Anyone who was too young to remember the Second World War will find this interesting. I was a little girl but I remember some of this. The courage these people had was amazing. Well worth seeing.

  • Worth your while!

    This movie is so moving and inspirational... It shows what happens when you forget about you and focus on helping others...

  • Defiance: Real War Hollywood Style!

    Defiance follows the true story of three brothers bonded together during war time to save thousands of Jewish people from death. However, only Hollywood can get away with making something like this and call it true. Facts don't always make for pure entertainment though, and Defiance is more geared towards pleasing that particular craving. If you've seen one war movie you've seen them all is a common sentiment amongst frequent movie watchers. However, if you're a fan of a genre, then you're a fan. Thus, if you like inspirational war based movies, chances are you will like Defiance. Perhaps one could say: if you liked The Last Samurai or Enemy At The Gates you may enjoy Defiance.This movie is entertaining for the sake of being entertaining. It leaves no doubt that the "facts" were tread all over during production, but for me as a viewer that did not matter. What matter was the adventure and story, both of which came on strong and entertaining.The only part of Defiance that came across as silly to me came later on when lead actor Daniel Craig was apparently being outfitted for a WW2 fashion show. Considering this movie is about a large group of people hiding and surviving in the woods, with Craig being one of them, it seemed odd that he would be so well dressed sometimes complete with fancy scarves.If you can let go of silly things like what i just mentioned and enjoy it as a genre film without griping over cliche, then Defiance is well worth checking out or even adding to your collection of movies. The acting is well done and the special features also offer you some insight into the truth behind the Hollywood tale.

    jlaurie from Santa Barbara, CA, Jun 19, 2009

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