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Age of Heroes [Blu-ray]

3.7 out of 5 stars 75 customer reviews

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An all-guns-blazing, World War II action epic based on the incredible story of the special ops division 30 Commando, which took on the Fuhrer's armed forces in a daring life-or-death mission.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Sean Bean, Izabella Miko, James D'Arcy, Danny Dyer, Sebastian Street
  • Directors: Adrian Vitoria
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: January 17, 2012
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005OTGS08
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,369 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Samuel B. King on July 28, 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I just watched the DVD version of this film purchased as an import from Amazon.uk. This is an absolutely fantastic film in the tradition of the great Brit war films made during the 1950s and '60s before political correctness ruined the genre. No moralizing here. None of this "the real enemy is us" crap. It is based on the true story of one of the first commando raids into Norway to capture secret German radar detection equipment. The actual team was formed by British spy novelist Ian Flemming (of James Bond fame). The action is taught and not overly gorey (in 1960s tradition). The suspense is thrilling and the storyline authentic. Sean bean leads a group cast which carries of the film wonderfully. They actually trained with British Royal marine commandoes to make the show authentic. Weaponry is also authentic, German lugars, MP40s and British tommy guns (Commandos did use those) and Lee Enfields (including a sniper version). Uniforms are also accurate (including not only the Brits but also German SS and Mountain troops). The only CGI I could see is of a night shot of a Halifax bomber delivering the team to Norway. I won't reveal the plot any more in order to not ruin the film. Bottom line - if you like war films, particularly world war 2 themes, and especially if you are a fan of special forces or British Ealing Studios films of the 1950s, buy this......NOW!!!!
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I was really looking forward to "Age of Heroes" based upon the real-life World War II exploits of James Bond creator Ian Fleming. I've been a huge fan of Sean Bean for decades (not just since Lord of the Rings as is fashionable). 1988's understated gangster melodrama "Stormy Monday" is wildly underrated to my mind, and the long running Sharpe series is one of the most ambitious productions ever. I also like Danny Dyer whom I find inexplicably hilarious in even the worst of films. So I was intrigued to see these two actors, who have wildly diverse styles, collaborate again on a war film after the fascinating, but flawed, crime drama "The Outlaw." There is nothing particularly bad about "Age of Heroes," although it certainly would have benefited from a larger budget. It is, unfortunately, so utterly familiar. With so many World War II epics available on the DVD marketplace, nothing about this film particularly distinguishes itself as unique or special. It's competent, but exceedingly by-the-numbers. Sadly, as a fan of the genre and of the actors, I'm relatively apathetic about the film.

Bean plays a seasoned officer, Dyer a brash upstart. Through sheer determination, Dyer convinces Bean to allow him to join an elite squad of Commandos. I would never disrespect the actual people the film aims to represent, but I will say that (as depicted) this is one of the least special "special squads" I've ever seen. The intense training involves marching and learning to shoot a German Luger. Nothing is revealed about any of the soldiers to indicate just what makes them different from any other fighter. They are given a mission to surreptitiously invade occupied Norway and capture vital radar technology.
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Really tough call...this reminds me of a cross between the "Dirty Dozen" and "Where Eagles Dare" and both of them were great movies, while "Age of Heroes" just can't get to be even 1/3 of what those movies were. The characters are likable enough and they must infiltrate a Nazi stronghold in Norway to steal some tech and all the while Germany"s elite 5th Alpine Brigade is on their tails. I was going to go with 2 stars but as I said the cast, lead by, Sean Bean tries so hard and I am also a huge Danny Dyer fan, usually enthralled by British film, not so much here. You have the usual casualties and you can figure out who survives.
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There is nothing romantic or predictable here. The realism is strong and almost documentary. The characters are clearly defined and likable. But don't expect a Where Eagles Dare or Guns of Navarone type of movie. This one isn't going to leave you smiling or cheering or feeling vindicated. It tells the story of a not glamorous, not Hollywood war of sacrifice. Ordinary men and women who did what they believed to be necessary. It's plenty gritty. It doesn't drag or disappoint and like reality it isn't tied up neatly at the end.
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It is an average quality war movie. I think it is despite some accounts a fictional account as I cannot find any reference to such a raid in Norway about radar. As far as the plot is concerned it is a difficult mission of great importance to the war effort. Overall, the story is okay.

The characterization was fairly ordinary. There was no one I thought was particularly interesting.

If I had to say what let it down, I would say the acting. I thought it quite bad. No one impressed me with their performance. Probably, the best was James D'Arcy maybe because he played a real person who was interesting.

The action scenes which are very important in such a movie were ordinary. A crack Nazi unit, I thought should have been able to make a better fight.

Overall a better than average TV movie.
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