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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
Great movie, well acted.
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.
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.
Compelling and historical movie director did good job of scenery near to what I've seen on WWII episode telling of this Russian sniperPublished 4 days ago by KatherineZ
Enjoyed movie. Excellent special effects and above average actingPublished 9 days ago by Dylan Harwood
Historically accurate portrayal of how jewish commissars manipulated and used the masses of Russians and others to fight for their dream of Soviet Bolshevik communism. Read morePublished 14 days ago by MattJ70
WONDERFUL acting of Jude Law and his beautiful english actress, Harris is tremendous as well. The theme is very very interesting, never knew about the key role of and life of a... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Roberto Montoya
I personally thought it was a fantastic movie. The depictions of Krustchev and Paulus were spot on. I also enjoyed the intense brutality depicted in the battle scenes, as this was... Read morePublished 19 days ago by ThatSlothBoy