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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.
Purchasing a Mosin Nagant is what prompted me to buy this movie. Classic.. If you have a Nagant, this movie is a must have. If you don't have one.. Read morePublished 13 hours ago by Angelo
It was good, not great. Everyone who was Russian spoke with a an English accent. Ed Harris was in it. I thought the ending was lame.Published 20 days ago by Proven99