Rent D-Day Assassins (2019)

2.6 of 5 from 59 ratings
1h 17min
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In 1944, a group of American soldier known as "The Filthy Thirteen" are becoming an increasing problem for their superiors - disobeying orders, bathing infrequently and often going AWOL from their barracks. But the rebellious men are given an opportunity to atone for their behaviour when they are selected to be the first unit to parachute behind German lines during the invasion of Normandy. Their goal is to move through enemy territory on foot and destroy Nazi supply lines and escape routes. Some call it a suicide mission. But they haven't counted on the ferocity and determination of this ragtag group of D-Day Assassins who will stop at nothing to take down the enemy.
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Rebecca Graham, Robert Graham, Andrew Jones, Harry Willis, Jonathan Willis, Tom Willis
Andrew Jones, Sharron Jones
The Filthy Thirteen
Action & Adventure, Drama
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Run Time:
77 minutes
English Dolby Digital 2.0, English Dolby Digital 5.1
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1

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Reviews (3) of D-Day Assassins

Told in Flashbacks - D-Day Assassins review by KW

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Interesting film, nothing special about it, covers an area of WW2 that has been well covered before in films, but is still watchable!

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Avoid! - D-Day Assassins review by GT

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Appalling dialogue, 2-dimensional characters, hackneyed flashback set-ups, wooden acting, poor cinematography (apart from original war footage)...

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Minor spoilers follow ... - D-Day Assassins review by NP

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Prolific director Andrew Jones has made a name for himself delivering minimally-budgeted projects for over ten years now, and with some success. Usually focusing on horror themes, he eschews spectacular scenarios in favour of telling more intimate character-based tales with a small collection of actors (although here, the cast list is a lot longer than is usual). With these war-based projects, he often chooses to tell stories of American soldiers, using English actors and locations. A recent example of this is 2018's 'Alcatraz' (which employs some of the actors featured here). So although his budget doesn't allow for big action adventures, Jones's ambitions are fairly broad. Whether the results mark this as a good thing or not is up to the individual - for me, it is a mixed bag.

With horror stories, it is easier to overlook slowly-delivered, perfunctory dialogue; this approach, together with occasionally challenging sound-design, can actually enhance the dream-like quality of what you are watching - Jones's series of 'Robert the Doll' films often work because of this. For a reality-based story such as 'D-Day Assassins', such restrictions are more glaring.

With his customary loose approximation of accuracy, 'The Filthy Thirteen' are shown in flashback, as gruff old veteran and survivor Hawkeye (Ryan Michaels) - so gruff in fact, he is sometimes difficult to understand - recounts to a directionless young man (Aaron Jeffcoate) stories of his war-torn youth. This makes up the bulk of the 77 minutes running time. All of this is handsomely filmed, making good use of the location, if rarely evoking the 'feel' of those days (everything is a little too bright for that). Viewers who are knowledgeable about weaponry and clothes used at the time might get a little irritated. For me, such things are not really a huge problem, as long as the story is arresting, which it is for the most part. Even then, although 'D-Day Assassins' is character-based, we never learn much about any of them, other than the struggles they are facing at the given time. My score for this is 6 out of 10.

(For anyone worried about the lack of regular Lee Bane - he's here, but you have to wait to see him, as the vicar and I believe the unseen lawyer right at the end.)

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