Excellent movie. We enjoyed it very much. Highly recommend.
Daniel Craig played an excellent role, no wonder he got to be James Bond. One of the best war movies I have seen, and based on a real event of saving Jews from slaughter. A different movie to most and based in the Forests which represented Russia in it's beauty. Rather realistic with lots of bodies, and pure reality of life. A great movie to watch. It holds your attention.
You'll want to watch it again and again
This wooden and predictable movie that never rises to any great heights goes for a very long 136 minutes. Could have been done so much better. Can be put safely in the Hollywood war melodrama basket and safely forgotten.
an absolutely wonderful movie,,would reccomend it highly
Amazing, really worth seeing and quite thought provoking
Not a bad movie. Overall, enjoyable and engaging. My only criticism is that the plot was a bit predictable - they could have made it a bit more dramatic. Good emotion though, fair acting. Worth viewing. The interesting thing is that it's based on a true story.
Excellent movie. Worth the ratings people are giving it. I thought a NAZI Movie I was not to keen on as they can be quite graphic but this movie just touched on the edge.
One of the best examples of where vengeance can turn good people very quickly into murdering thugs no better than the Germans. Wonderful movie. Very very realistic.
I tried this becuase it had Daniel Graig as the lead, but it turned out to be a rather predictable 'bang bang - Germans are all dead" war movie. Didn't finish it.
That is a truly inspiring story, I really enjoyed watching it and was glad someone told this important but unknown story of Jewish resistance.
While it was no doubt designed to be entertaining, it felt like they captured the real life emotions and reactions of the people as they go through the ordeal of being hunted, attacked or worse. In this way I felt I was given further insight to the events that occurred as Hilter and the Narzi's committed their acts of atrocities.
Could not take my eyes off screen
Fantastic film and based on a true story which makes it even better.....
Great movie. Once you get passed James Bond (Craig) with a very put-on accent, the movie is well told. The cast and crew appeared well represented by Jews, which no doubt added to the authenticity of the events the movie is based on.
Very good movie, held interest to the end
Good movie about very tragic circumstances.
I saw this movie previously and was so impressed I got it out so my husband could see it. He is a fusspot with movies but liked it very much.
very disappointing, too much of Hollywood in this one.
Well done and thoughtfully put together film, focusing on the humanity, and retaining it amidst the odds through a time when dignity and humanity is in short supply. Craig carries it will and it is good to see him in a gritty role. Not acadamy award winning but thorough and mostly believable.
It was a little bit difficult in seeing "James Bond" play a Russian jewish peasant but all in all a good movie with a great storyline with a great ending. Highly recommend
This movie was too slow for me. I found myself fast-forwarding through almost half of it.
Defiance is an inspiring story and a well produced movie, but it could be told in more detail and with more character development ie. 3 - 6 episode series.
Great movie, the hardship those people went through is amazing.
Very moving film. It's extraordinary how people can survive during war. The movie was totally engrossing and focusses on the triumph of the survivors rather than the misery of death and destruction. Stay away if you are feeling down but otherwise, quality viewing.
A smoothly flowing and gripping epic tale about an evil chapter in European history. The film poignantly captured the chilly plight of fugitive jews evading the nazis murder machine in occupied eastern Europe.
This is some of Daniel Craig's better work. Also liked Liev Schreiber, who doesn't usually do anything for me. Really interesting story and it's very well made. I read up on the true stories after seeing the film and it was amazing what these villagers and townspeople accomplished living in the woods. Worth watching for history and war film buffs.
A well made film, with a great cast, but just not as rivetting for me as I thought it would be.
Very good movie, action most of the way through it and a great storyline with good acting.
Really enjoyed this and it gave me an insight into a period I am not too familiar with.
I think that this movie did a little bit of justice to how these people had to respond and adapt to the constantly changing situation, and deal with the adversity of family and friends being killed senselessly. Liev and Daniel were particularly great in this movie
This was an amazing film and an inspiring story, normally true stories are marred when famous actors do them but this was definitely an exception
DVD was faulty so couldn't even see this film
Loved it! Days after watching this true story, I was still in awe of these people and how they survived against such overwhelming odds.
Great movie and I enjoyed it
Although a true story, unfortunately it was represented in corny style....Why did everyone need to have an Eastern European acccent? The film was acted in english representing people speaking in their own language so why bother? Leiv Shrieber was the corniest. Very American styling.
This film I enjoyed although it was in world war 2 and killing of the jews throughout was a bit gory, but the 3 brothers were real heroes to get those people/families through the forest and all the dilemmas they pursued. Tremendous acting, a story that kept you on the edge of you seat all the way through.
An absolute corker of a movie! Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber are completely believable. These brothers are sort of like Belorussian Schindlers'; forming their own partisan army and hiding Jews from the Nazi's. Strangely Daniel Craig seems to get better looking when covered with ounces of blood, mud and facial hair. This is a moving story of great defiance that doesn't come across as hackneyed or cliched.
Best known for his epic war movies like Glory, Courage Under Fire, Last Samurai and Blood Diamond, Edward Zwick has a shot at the Russian Jewish Resistance in WW2. Unlike his other efforts this actually struggles for pace with too many peripheral characters who slow an already ponderously paced movie.
Other than Jamie Bell, no one shines in this one and unless you're interested in the topic, you might want to see something else.
enjoyed this film a lot. great storyline and brillinat acting
Any movie with Daniel Craig in it has got to be good and this one is not exception. True story, great acting. Only negative is having to read all the subtitles when they are talking in German. - and there are quite a few.
A story, that if hadn't been portrayed in a movie, I never would have known about. Great acting, which does this important part of history, justice. A must watch movie.
Fantastic story of determination and the desire to survive.
the standard of the acting was first class. The story line kept us all with eyes glued to the screen.
Interesting story but a bit slow
im not sure how historicly acurate this film is, but there is some terrible tactics employed by the fleeing protaganists, its a wonder they survived at all. im talking about retreating from the forests from advancing infantry only to run into a tank out in the open and proclaim a last stand kind of attack. the tank would not of been able to traverse the forest at all, and its completley pointless taking on a tank with small arms. but lucky for these people they where in a movie and help came in the nick of time :)
A great movie. A must see.
Excellent acting and an extremely harrowing true account of the horror perpetrated by Nazi Germany towards the Jews.
A great cast tell a fascinating story of more of the horrors of WW2. Based on fact, my only complaint is the personal lives of many aren't delved into. None the less, a part of history that needed to be told and which further highlights how many unknown heroes from this terrible time still need their stories to be told. Well worth watching.
A good movie, but could have been made in a more authentic documentary type manner. It was like it was set on a stage with hero/villain unnatural acting. The plot is a gem of a find based on a real story.
Daniel Craig is a great actor. This was fabulous, I thoroughly enjoyed it, wanting more. Brings to light and opens eyes as to how the Jewish were treated during Hitler days. Shows the desperation of humans and their willingness to put their bodies through hell to achieve a goal. The title of the movie Defiance is perfect.
Brilliant, horrifying as its based on a true story, yet also extremely inspiring. Definately recommend.
I was bored and can't give more than 2 stars for this flick full of cliches (Scenes
An excellent movie which tells a unique story of this horrible time in history that I had not heard previously. Interesting and well told, it is a dark subject but the movie manages to inspire despite, inp arts, the somewhat clumsy dramatisations.
This movie depicted the attrocities of war , the story was well told and kept the viewer interested till the end. Daniel Craig is the real star, showing his versitility as an actor ( other than JB) this is one to watch again.
real life drama....sad and exciting
To the point title.
Excellent movie with excellent direction and acting. Riveting action and violence suitable for the story (not overly violent). Great story based on fact.
My rating 3.5 star.
It's the best of all the WWII movies about Jews in German occupied countries. Set in Belorussia. In this movie the Jews actually fight for their survival as their own self formed army, working together with the Russians. It is based on a true story.
I guess I feel I've seen enough of the story of the Jews in WW2 and don' tneed to see it yet again, but this is perhaps the best of them.
Believable and well acted.
This movie was a great watch in that it showed how very difficult it was for the Jews during WWII. Some people may have found this movie to be a bit confusing or harrowing but I personally thought it was well acted for the most part. It showed accurately how difficult it must be to be in command of a large camp of people.
James Bond can act and what a wonderful job he does. Supported by a very convincing cast one is quickly drawn into the story and held there until the end.
This was an awesome film i was going to give it a 5 but i have to take a mark off it for being way to long. it didn't have to be that long but besided that its an awesome film.
Sadly, not what we were expecting. The acting was good but I think it should be categorised as drama and not as action. All in all, a bit too slow for us so we ended up turning it off to go to bed instead.
A Fantastic movie, it just shows that the need for over-the-top special effects is not needed for a good movie in the 21st century. The story is told well and the struggle is captured magnificently. A must see movie.
Based on a true war story. Shows the horror of war and the shocking persecution of the jewish race. Instead of accepting death like lambs to the slaughter some fought back to the extent 1200 survived the war. Watchable albeit disturbing what one race would do to another.
This wasn't easy: not easy when it happened and not easy to watch the movie. Harrowing and somewhat confusing at times, but in the end uplifting and amazing. Just running a camp with a large number of people presents inevitable challenges to authority and clashes between individuals. And doing it in occupied territory during war time is something else again.
Fantastic movie showing yet another side of the mistreated Jews during WWII.