'Defiance': Your thoughts?

January 14, 2009
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Even with the cold, there was a full house for Wednesday's screening of "Defiance"--including many who won tickets here on the blog.

So, attendees, what did you think?
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  • I have never been a history buff, and was actually reluctant to go to this movie. However, this was a very educating movie and I don't think it could have been portrayed better. It always kept my attention. I would recommend this movie to anyone. Excellent!!!
  • There is only one word that can describe this movie...breathtaking! The acting was astounding, the story was inspiring, and the cinematography was out of this world! This is a movie that rips out your heart, throws it on the ground, steps on it, throws it in a grinder, then somehow puts it back together...
  • One of the best films thus far this year. Liev Schreiber, Daniel Craig, and Jamie Bell are outstanding in this story of one of the most horrible time in our history. A time of great despire and then the gleamer of hope that all is not lost. This film will keep your interest, just don't let the story be told. The great cinematography is wonderfully depicts the grisly conditions and time that they lived in fear. I highly recommend this movie.
  • I do not ususally enjoy historical movies that much, but I thought this movie was excellant!!! I thought the performances and the story line were stellar. It lets us never forget what happened.
  • I always enjoy seeing historically based films, and this one was no exception. I am guilty of reading several critic reviews before attending, and I wasn't sure how my own would stack up--some said the film adhered too closely to the real story, while others said it wasn't accurate enough.

    I will be interested to read up on the historical facts, but I was really impressed with this film. I thoroughly believed each of the main actors' performances, and it was heart-wrenching at times. But, surprisingly enough, I didn't shed a single tear (which is a feat since pregnancy hormones have been affecting my mood!)--I was too ingrained in the story to take a timeout to cry. I highly recommend it, and I may make another trip to the movie theater to see it again with friends once it officially opens!
  • Very good movie. An amazing story and well told. The grittiness came through with the extreme close ups. Something about seeing it on a cold, snowy night made it even more real.

    Having visited a Concentration Camp, it gives you an insight as to what the Jews and other prisoners had to face. From what I can tell, the accuracy is very good. Short of a documentary, this is as honest as it gets.

    Thanks Lou and IBJ for the tickets.
  • I read the book Defiance by Nechama Tec before seeing the movie. I was impressed by Hollywood's rendition of the story especially the relationships between Tuvia, Zus and Asael Bielski. Also of interest was the otriad's treatment of the intellectuals and how the social status of the wealthy and intellectuals was dramatically changed while they were a part of the Beilski otriad. The cinematography was incredible, particularly the wedding scene. I am so glad I saw this movie.
  • Good movie, well told, great story. Seeing what they went through makes you appreciate what we have, especially in this sub-zero weather.
  • I have read and seen more about the Holocaust than most people. I make sure I read at least one book a year about that painful part of world history, to make sure it stays fresh in my mind, and to remind myself how brutal man can be to man. As short as it is, Defiance shows exactly how the Germans treated the Jews and, in a brief conversation toward the end of the movie between Zus and the Russian commander, how others felt toward the Jews as well. Powerful, painfully poignant, and breathtaking, this is a must-movie for followers of the Holocaust and WWII. Some reviews said Craig was miscast. Not so. He portrayed Tuvia Bielski superbly. Beautiful forest scenes. Good action scenes. Marvelous movie throughout. A keeper.
  • I'm really not into history but was glad that a co-worker convince me to attend the preview. The holocaust is such a painful event in history but I feel that the movie was done in good taste. I now want to read the book from which the movie was drawn. You should really see this movie.
  • I saw the trailer for this movie before tickets were available and knew right away I wanted to see it. The movie was well-acted, well-written and rang true to what was happening in the world at the time. I would recommend this to anyone who is drawn to stories from history. My sons are now more interested in WWII than they were before, because it's not just a story of what happened to Americans during that time, but events that were happening on the other side of the world to a group of people whose only crime is that they were born Jewish.

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