Rent Defiance (2008)

3.5 of 5 from 394 ratings
2h 11min
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Synopsis:
Based on an extraordinary true story, "Defiance" is an epic tale of family, honor, vengeance and salvation in World War II. The year is 1941 and the Jews of Eastern Europe are being massacred by the thousands. Managing to escape certain death, three brothers take refuge in the dense surrounding woods they have known since childhood. There they begin their desperate battle against the Nazis. Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber and Jamie Bell star as brothers who turn a primitive struggle to survive into something far more consequential – a way to avenge the deaths of their loved ones by saving thousands of others.
Actors:
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Directors:
Writers:
Clayton Frohman, Edward Zwick
Others:
James Newton Howard
Studio:
Momentum
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Drama
BBFC:
Release Date:
18/05/2009
Run Time:
131 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Diractor's Commentary
  • Return to the Forest: The Making of Defiance
BBFC:
Release Date:
18/05/2009
Run Time:
136 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Director's Commentary
  • Return to the Forest: The Making of Defiance
  • Children of the Otriad
  • Scoring Defiance
  • Bielski Partisan Photo Gallery

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Reviews (3) of Defiance

Great story, badly executed - Defiance review by CP Customer

Spoiler Alert
02/05/2009

Defiance is based on actual events during World War II, where Polish Jews under the leadership of the Bielski brothers, survived and prospered in a forest. Hollywood has departed from the truth in certain areas, but it remains a modern day twist on the ancient Robin Hood tale. This congregation rescued Jews and never turned anyone away, taking from the rich to feed the poor. Somehow they managed to sustain huge numbers, whilst surviving under constant threat of attack. The main attraction is the story, which shows Jews in a new light, taking up arms and being more aggressive than we’ve seen before. The main actors put in good shifts, but the script quite often falls into bad habits, becoming confused and predictable. At times this is a war film, other moments a tale of family or newfound love. The end result is a film that is unjustifiably too long and required more focus from Edward Zwick. Those expecting plenty of action or Schindlers List will be disappointed.

3 out of 7 members found this review helpful.

Just goes to show that no-one's innocent! - Defiance review by CS

Spoiler Alert
01/06/2016

What shocked me the most about this film, was the fact that the so called victims, were just as bloody and vengeful as the alleged abusers! Just goes to show that no-one's innocent! I didn't enjoy this film at all, as I thought it hi-lighted an uncomfortable truth about human behaviour during tines of severe stress, such as war time. In essence these brothers and their encampment are preying upon the Germans and inflicting the same horrors against them , which makes them hypocrites in a fashion! there is one thing fighting in a resistance and another enacting pure vengeance and hate crimes against soldiers doing their job!

1 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Gripping War Film - Defiance review by IanF

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02/10/2020

Daniel Craig was never better! This great war film was overlooked for awards, but made up for it in box office returns. Made between Craig's Bond debut 'Casino Royale' and it's sequel, this film is their equal in action packed entertainment and betters them in drama and gravity of (true) storyline. Jamie Bell and Liev Schreiber are equally memorable, and the large cast is faultless. A bit of WW2 history I didn't know, the years long battle of Jewish refugees to fight the Nazis from the great East European forest, you cannot fail to be entertained!

Rent it!!

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