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3.9 of 5 from 366 ratings
1h 37min
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Synopsis:
Inspired by real events, "Land of Mine" follows the dramatic story of the young German prisoners who, as World War II came to an end in 1945, were forced to defuse and remove two million mines on the Danish Coast. Presided over by tough veteran Sergeant Carl Rasmussen (Roland Mailer), these teenage POW's were treated with hostility whilst being forced to dig up the mines from the sand with their bare hands with little training. When Rasmussen begins to sympathise and promises their release back to Germany when the task is completed, they soon realise that the war is far from over.
Actors:
, , , , , Zoe Zandvliet, , , Emil Belton, Oskar Belton, , , Maximilian Beck, August Carter, , Alexander Rasch, Julius Kochinke, Aaron Koszuta, ,
Directors:
Producers:
Malte Grunert, Mikael Chr. Rieks
Writers:
Martin Zandvliet
Aka:
Under Sandet
Studio:
Thunderbird Releasing
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Drama
Countries:
Denmark, Top 100 Films, Action & Adventure, Drama
BBFC:
Release Date:
09/10/2017
Run Time:
97 minutes
Languages:
Danish, German
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Cast and Crew Interviews
  • Trailer

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Reviews (11) of Land of Mine

Almost give it 5 star - Land of Mine review by SM

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12/12/2017

A riverting true story. I guess you know the story and if you can put up subtitles then you will really enjoy this movie. Although bleak at times that is how the story is but the story, acting and direction is second to none. When you get a little sick of big blockbuster movies this is a great way to enjoy a movie without all those special effects. Recommended for a solid piece of dramatic movie making.

5 out of 5 members found this review helpful.

Sad Reality - Land of Mine review by JD

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22/12/2017

A really good film, set in Denmark just as World War II ends.

You can understand the feelings of the Danes, and at first have little sympathy with the young German soldiers who have to clear the coastal minefields ( minefields laid by the Germans during the war).

However life is never that simple, and this exciting, and well acted, tale allows a sympathetic ending, after illustrating the loss of life as the minefields are cleared.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Watch it. - Land of Mine review by CM

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22/01/2018

I thought I would not be able to watch this. For some time I covered my eyes as I knew what was coming. It did. And I kept watching. I saw in one review that it is an anti war film. I am not sure it is. I think it a film to show us not to hate. That the hated enemy is not evil but vulnerable and human and the same flesh and blood as we. It is very well done and I recommend it.

2 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Interesting idea poorly executed - Land of Mine review by Alphaville

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13/11/2018

Based on a true story of young German soldiers made to clear land mines from Danish beaches after losing WW2, this is an interesting idea under-developed in the filming. Having the young men brutalised by a sadistic Danish commander is heavy-handed and unpleasant to watch. The tension of the land-mine scenes is lost because of writer/director Martin Zandvliet’s muted direction. His avowed aim of exploring an ‘eye for an eye’ mentality (see DVD extras) needs both more subtlety and more heightened drama to turn this into a riveting movie.

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

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Land of Mine (aka Under Sandet) review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

Following the fallout of World War II, the German prisoners of war were handed over to the Danish for a most difficult task. In a punishment the government believes is just, the Germans are forced to remove active mines from the West Coast that were originally placed by the Germans. It’s a dangerous job and death lurks around every step on such an explosive former battlefield. There are two million mines. There are no tools for removing them. It is practically a death sentence.

Land of Mine is a disturbingly contemplative film in how it asks the question of how far revenge can go after such atrocities and hatred. The act proposed by the Danish military is unquestionably immoral and inhuman but the film doesn’t need to amp up much of the very act itself to see the cruelty. The film mostly follows the Danish Sergeant in charge of the operation where the POWs he is assigned are mostly teenagers; teenagers that he will have to lead to their likely deaths.

The teenagers are woefully ill-equipped to handle the situation, both in that, they don’t have experience with diffusing mines or have the safety tools to do so. This leads to the teenagers into tense and life-threatening situations daily of using their bare hands to dig out the mines. If they succeed, that’s one more mine down with hundreds of thousands to go. If they fail, one less German POW the Danish may not care much about.

The film at the historic sites in Denmark with a certain haunting nature to fathom how this situation in 1945 proceeded. Writer/director Martin Zandvliet takes great care to make sure that his film highlights the cruelty of such a situation but also presents it from a place of brewing hatred in the era. You can see this in the beginning of the film when it’s established that Danish Sergeant has a deep hatred of the Germans but will have to come to terms with that hatred when faced with placing prisoners in such an inhumane situation. The longer the situation on the beach lingers, the more questioning even the most enraged of the allies becomes of the cruelty that only seems to cycle more with such an act than it does resolve.

The editing is also sublime for finding just the right moments to hold on and let the tension linger. There’s more than enough time within the film to both take in the terrors of such operation and also think a lot harder about the nature of the inhumanity at play. The performances of the young actors are all stellar considering the range of emotions expected.

Land of Mine was nominated for the Academy Award of Best Foreign Film and rightly so. It’s a deeply thoughtful film on the nature of post-war actions and how much we question our own thirst for revenge, trying to comprehend when it’ll ever be quenched. As far as war movies go that showcase the fallout of combat, this is by far one of the better films for its highlight on breeding cruel punishments for a younger generation, questioning how much of it will carry over into the future.

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