Into the Storm
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Into the Storm is a biographical film about Winston Churchill as he leads Britain into World War II. The movie is directed by Thaddeus O'Sullivan and stars Brendan Gleeson, who plays the former British Prime Minister. Into the Storm is a sequel to the 2002 TV movie, The Gathering Storm, which details on the life of Churchill in the years just prior to the war. Also starring Janet McTeer (Five Days), James D’Arcy and Patrick Malahide.
Into the Storm follows British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Brendan Gleeson, 28 Days Later) as he launches ferociously into World War II. The movie’s greatest strength comes from a shifting back and forth in time, portraying Churchill’s post-war life as well, when the very qualities that made him so effective as a military leader threaten both his career and his marriage. Anyone seeking a detailed analysis of the war will be disappointed; Into the Storm skips through history, less interested in the ebb and flow of combat than the weighing of decisions and the composition of speeches. Although this may sound uncinematic, Gleeson does a remarkable job articulating Churchill’s creative thoughts as he walks to and fro in his bedclothes, mulling over the right phrase to sustain his country’s morale, or facing FDR and Stalin across a table, working to shape an effective alliance. Janet McTeer (Tumbleweeds) is even better as Clementine Churchill, a woman who never sought the political life yet strove to support her belligerent, passionate husband as best she could. Written by Hugh Whitemore (author of Breaking the Code and The Gathering Storm, to which this is a sort of sequel), Into the Storm is a complex, well-rounded portrait, capturing how courage and indomitability can, in peacetime, turn brutish and bullying. --Bret Fetzer
Stills from Into the Storm (click for larger image)
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The Gathering Storm and Into the Storm are the very best of the movies I have seen about this important man, and I am going to make sure that my children and grandchildren have copies of these two great period performances.
Having lived through that time in history as a child it made a permanent impression upon my mind, and the current generations seem to have no real understanding or interest in the subject. That is a dangerous form of apathy which the American people exhibited during that time until 1942 and the disaster at Pearl Harbor. Even though wars are different now, they are always dreadful and heartbreaking. I wish everyone could see these movies. I am at least doing my part for my family which is all I can do.