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There's love in war as Vassily connects with a woman soldier (Rachel Weisz), but she is also loved by Danilov (Joseph Fiennes), the Soviet officer who promotes his friend Vassily as Russia's much-needed hero. This romantic rivalry lends marginal interest to the central plot, but it's not enough to make this a classic war film. Instead it's a taut, well-made suspense thriller isolated within an epic battle, and although Annaud and cowriter Alain Godard (drawing from William Craig's book and David L. Robbins's novel The War of the Rats) fail to connect the parallel plots with any lasting impact, the production is never less than impressive. Highly conventional but handled with intelligence and superior craftsmanship, this is warfare as strategic entertainment, without compromising warfare as a manmade hell on Earth. --Jeff Shannon
The story is based on a true story of a Russian sniper against the best of the German snipers focused on the battle of Stalingrad.
The hero gets his rifle (a very bad thing for Wehrmacht officers), but the film never develops into the sniper movie action-oriented viewers expect.
It's a powerful film... But its a powerful film that can be marred by the fact that certain scenes are embellished for the sake of the story.
A real sniper movie compared against the uncharacteristically heavyhanded, superficial, and just plain unengaging Clint Eastwood I have never seen. Totally inept. Read morePublished 9 hours ago by Who Said What?
Great movie depicting the psychological effect and deadly use of snipers in war.Published 2 days ago by Jim Jensen
Great show depiciting the personal struggles of a soldier on the Russian front.Published 8 days ago by Tyler D
The siege of Stalingrad during WWII was a exercise of desperation for both the Russian residents and the invading Germans. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Happy Amazon Customer
Really a must see for an WWII movie buff. Shows how ruthless Stalin and his generals were in winning the battle of StalingradPublished 11 days ago by tom