By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Paramount Vantage
If there is anybody who can create passion in a war film it is Edward Zwick. Making men cry in The Last Samurai, Zwick is back again for Defiance. Due out this December, does this year's other Daniel Craig-starrer finish 2008 on a strong note?
Early Reviews: Defiance
Since the keyword used in the first reviews for Defiance is 'flat', it looks like something might be missing in this story of Jewish brothers taking vengeance on some local Nazis.
Variety A potentially exceptional story is told in a flatly unexceptional manner in “Defiance.” True-life yarn of a band of Jewish brothers who led a small but resilient resistance movement against the Nazis in Belorussia during World War II seems like such a natural for the bigscreen that it’s surprising it’s never cropped up before. But Edward Zwick’s version of the grim but inspirational events becomes more conventional as it goes, topped by a climax straight out of countless war pics and Westerns. Presence of Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber in tough macho guise will attract some action fans, and Holocaust-related theme will draw others, but overall commercial prospects appear modest.
Hollywood Reporter The little-known account of a trio of Jewish brothers who rose up against the Nazis in occupied Eastern Europe is given its due by Edward Zwick in the passionate if prosaically rendered "Defiance."
While their remarkable stand against victimization -- based on the book "Defiance: The Bielski Partisans," by Nechama Tec -- certainly is a story that needed to be told, one wishes it could have been told more dynamically.
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