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The film begins in London 1939 as men are preparing to leave for the front. Among them is a slightly naive but warmly human lad, Jack Rose (Tom Hardy) who has fallen in love with Lizzie (Sophia Myles), in a sweet, innocent union that represents the concept of 'the love we leave behind'. Jack leaves for duty with fellow soldiers Nicholas McGrade (Damian Lewis) and Tom Willis (Lawrence Fox) and soon they are captured by the Nazis and placed in a POW camp. Of course, being cunning lads, they soon escape only to be captured again and sent to the ominous Colditz - all except Nick. There they bond with men from home such as artist Sawyer (Guy Henry) and from other countries including France and Canada - among them Rhett Barker (Jason Priestly) who is a manipulator able to buy goods from Nazi guards including drugs to which he is addicted.
Nick is sent back to London where he meets Lizzie to tell her of Jack's safety. In time the two feel an attraction that proves to have fatal consequences because of Nick's obsession to have Lizzie to himself. Meanwhile the men in Colditz attempt multiple escapes only to be caught each time and put into solitary confinement. The drive to escape is aided by all of the inmates and yet their efforts are thwarted by colleagues turned informers for their own selfish needs.Read more ›
The movie has a pretty good portrayal of what Colditz was like during the war, while having an interesting storyline.
This movie is a good mix of History and Drama. You learn about what Colditz was like, as well as an interesting storyline back on the homefront in England.
This movie is like, "The Great Escape" but with a British flare to it. So if you are a fan of escape and evade movies, then you will definitely enjoy this film.
Even though the movie didn't have the budget of some other WWII movies that come out of Hollywood, they sure made it look excellent. I would highly recommend this movie to anyone.
However the storyline as regards Damian Lewis's character (which is dominant)- Nicholas McGrade - is pathetic. McGrade is a tongue-in-cheek rebel who stabs a friend in the back through his selection of a lover. If you detest stories, as I do, that will provide you with a morally coherent ending but drag you through the sewer for hours before you reach that point, than avoid this flick.
To give the reader just some idea of what I am referring to, at one point in this story, McGrade exposes the beautiful and innocent character played by Sophia Myles - Lizzie Carter - to a Nazi air-raid, rather than seek nearby shelter, and leads her to a burning building in which women and children are perishing, in order to illuminate her mind to the alleged reality that she (Carter) and he (McGrade) are uniquely blessed to be living life at such an intense level. Only an immature person could conceive of screenplay in which it is supposed that Londoners - any of them worth writing about - were rejoicing about the so called excitement of witnessing friends and neighbors perishing in The Blitz.
Do yourself a favor, reject this movie and read the book instead.ESCAPE FROM COLDITZ
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'll just say read "Colditz" by P.R. Reid if you have any real interest in the subject,and it's far,far more interesting. Read morePublished 19 days ago by topche
The Colditz story has continued to exert a fascination over film and television audiences ever since the end of World War II. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dr. Laurence Raw
No...no...no. This isn't the story at all! Yes it is Colditz but if you want the real story of Colditz watch the 1970s series. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Zott
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