Rent Hurricane (2018)

2.9 of 5 from 196 ratings
1h 43min
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Based on an astonishing true story, 'Hurricane' tells of the heroic Polish fighter pilots who fought for the freedom of their own country in the skies over Britain, during World War 2. Seen through the eyes of Jan Zumbach (Iwan Rheon), legendary fighter ace and adventurer, it tells how the Poles, driven across Europe by the German war machine, finally made their last stand flying Hurricanes for the RAF, becoming a key component of the legendary 'few'. In the lethal melee above England in that summer of 1940, countless terrifying dogfights led equally to victory, loss, celebration and despair.
Displaying unrivalled tenacity and courage, these Polish men would sacrifice everything to become heroes.
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Krystian Kozlowski, Mathew Whyte
Robert Ryan, Alastair Galbraith
Hurricane: Squadron 303 / Mission of Honor
Kaleidoscope Home Ent.
Action & Adventure, Drama
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Run Time:
103 minutes
  • Q&A with Director David Blair
  • Behind the Scenes Feature
  • Interviews with Iwan Rheon and Milo Gibson
  • On Set with Rosie Gray, Stefanie Martini and Emily Wyatt
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Run Time:
107 minutes
English DTS-HD High Resolution 2.0, English DTS-HD High Resolution 5.1
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
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  • Q&A with Director David Blair
  • Behind the Scenes Feature
  • Interviews with Iwan Rheon and Milo Gibson
  • On Set with Rosie Gray, Stefanie Martini and Emily Wyatt

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Reviews (7) of Hurricane

Cartoon character baddie Brits v angelic Poles: fake news movie with bad CGI. - Hurricane review by PV

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First, I know my history. That is why I know the agenda this film desperately tried to promote - ie that all Brits were racist and horrible to Polish airmen in WWII is a lie. The analogy at the end re 56% wanting Poles to return to Poland is also a lie - of course, people wanted Poles to return home to a free Poland (for their own sake NOT because they were racist against Poles) - the USSR made that impossible and actually killed and imprisoned many who returned.

The British (actually ENGLISH) RAF men - I note the director has a Scottish name - are portrayed as racist, bigoted, hateful thugs - a racist portrayal and absurd as any pantomime villain. Maybe they should have worn twirly moustaches as with racist English stereotypes in tedious song-and-dance Bollywood movies? They're as 2D as that - cartoon carboard cutouts of baddies.

The Poles had to be trained and learn enough English so as NOT to put others lives at risk. MANY other nationalities took part too. Czech for example AND I would recommend the movie DARK BLUE WORLD which shows that. MISSION OF HONOUR is another recent film showing what Polish airmen did.

BUT the best movie EVER is BATTLE OF BRITAIN from around 1970 - fantastic REAL aerial dogfight scenes - stunning - and all against specially written orchestral music! Watch that to see how the CGI here pales into parody.

Other problems with this film: the women are TOO modern - my mum was of that generation and I can tell you women then did NOT get drunk and put it about or have the aggressive girlpower attitudes on display here. You always had 'goodtime girls' BUT other women avoided them in general.

There is a scene of whooping and hollering after an airman plays the piano. People did NOT whoop and holler in 1940. Not even in the 1980s! This is a recent US import thanks to shows like Jeremy Kyle and other reality TV.

There is NO NEED to do down the British in order to make the Poles look like heroes - that reveals the amateurishness of the writers, for a start. Better writers would have created balance to reflect the truth - that in general Brits and Poles go on very well, plenty stayed after the war, more Polish immigrants came in then too (incl the dad of a guy I did my A levels with who had been recruited into the German army; other Poles were drafted into the Soviet army. No choice BUT we in Britain let them in., We did NOT chuck them out like the trash).

What always worried me about movies like this (and others such as ARGO, THE PATRIOT, U571) is that they show a lie which most people believe to be truth.

Here there is a clear attempt to make an analogy with Brexit which is just plain wrong - it's propaganda really, worthy of Stalin or Hitler. Fake news, if you want. The film makers should be ashamed of themselves. The British and Polish and other members of the RAF in 1940 should not - they stood against a European empire then, and stood fast. Maybe THAT is the analogy with Brexit eh?

2 stars. But watch the other movies I mentioned and watch a documentary on the RAF too - they are closer to the truth. This is the opposite of that. Very disappointing and, frankly, shameful.

4 out of 7 members found this review helpful.

A missed opportunity - Hurricane review by RT

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A bargain basement, badly made and often historically inaccurate film.  Awful CGI and modernised character behaviour.  I cannot believe anyone financed this with any expectation of profit.  It has the production values of a satellite channel re-enactment documentary probably named ‘Nazi Mega something’ etc.  It might have been better if the Director had read a few history books first however this would have taken time of course.  Avoid.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Enthralling insight into the role played by the Polish Emigres - Hurricane review by KW

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A fascinating film covering the famous 303 Squadron of Polish airmen particularly during the Battle of Britain, and the sterling work they did to repel the LUFTWAFFE! Despite opposition from fellow airmen who did not like them stealing their thunder.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

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