It did a severe disservice to both. When the Russians are battling the Nazis, you get the idea that if the Nazis didn't kill them, malnutrition, tetanus, scurvy, bubonic plague, or a million other things would. To make a long story short, this is the first film I've seen in a long, long time that I haven't been able to come up with a list of criticisms for. While the picture and sound are improved, the lack of bonus materials disappoints. Enemy at the Gates lines up in the Blu-ray crosshairs and reveals a picture that does not quite excite the visual senses. Genre: , , Stars: , , Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud Country: , , , , Rating: 7.
But what a film it is! In saying this I would like to just add that I feel there could have been improvement in the accents as sometimes I was finding it hard to grasp that the Germans were fighting the Russians and not the English, but otherwise 10 out of 10. . The four stars involved have, each of them, never given a bad performance in their careers and they surely maintain their records here. The characters in the film are surprisingly well-developed, and their camaraderie and, in some cases and much more importantly, physical and emotional love for one another lends to the film a deeper, more personal touch that provides added weight to the action. It is simply excellent, and the 7. All of the performances here are powerhouse and that includes Bob Hoskins as Nikita Kruschev, a snarling and impatient man and Ron Perlman, who portrays Koulikov, a lieutenant whose teeth are all metal and serves as a guide for Vassili.
From Germany comes the master sniper König to put an end to the extraordinary skilled Russian sniper. The fact is Vassili had 260 verified Nazi kills and played a key role in motivating the Russians to victory in the Battle of Stalingrad, the largest and bloodiest battle in the history of warfare with roughly 2 million killed, wounded or captured. The political officer Danilov leads him on, publishing his efforts to give his countrymen some hope. The blood and gore shown during the battles is also very conducive to the atmosphere. To counteract him, the Germans bring in their own top sniper, Major König Ed Harris, , to eliminate the famed Russian killing machine and once again place the Red Army and Stalingrad's populace into a state of despair. Also, James Horner conducts a tender and extremely mournful score that leaves a quiet yet important reminder of how awful war is.
The political officer Danilov leads him on, publishing his efforts to give his countrymen some hope. Music and dialogue are both delivered crisply and efficiently. Bursting into my Top Five war movies of all time is this film. A lot of historians have it that the battle of Stalingrad was the most unpleasant one fought during the second World War, and this film's set design and cinematography capture that impeccably. Which is the irony of doing film reviews.
More important is the masterful manner of speech of the actors - Bob Hoskins' gutteral exultations as Ukrainian potato farmer Nikita Krushchev; Joseph Fiennes' pompous and proud intonations as the political officer; Jude Law's common man for the peasant turned soldier; Ed Harris with the clipped and crisp tones of a German officer. The film's final major battle scenes offer up the most heft and power, with the explosions playing to good volume but still not rattling the floorboards. The movie effectively shows how the Russian combatants weren't necessarily professionally trained soldiers; many of them were peasants, workers, teachers, mailmen, farmers, etc. The Russian sniper Vassili Zaitsev stalks the Germans, taking them out one by one, thus hurting the morale of the German troops. The movie goer gets no insight into the complexities of why Soviet soldiers fought and defeated the Germans at Stalingrad. It has several memorable scenes, especially the opening crossing of the Volga and also a clever sequence involving a large shard of reflective glass. After numerous German officers are assassinated, Major König Ed Harris , the top German sniper, is assigned to seek out and eliminate Vassili.
The tension and suspense of snipers hunting each other for days was completely missing as well as the long range aspect of these duels. Not that such things would erase the scars that her character bears, but one would feel obligated to try. Its the story of a man brought to fame in a form of propaganda to help the disintegrating Russian forces keep faith. While a solid soundtrack, this one ultimately underwhelms in its effort bring the action to vivid life. No sniper would expose himself like that, let alone battle hardened troops by that point in the battle, even Germans.
The Russian sniper Vassili Zaitsev stalks the Germans, taking them out one by one, thus hurting the morale of the German troops. To stop him, the Nazi's dispatch their best sniper so begins a private war for courage, honor and country. Of course, Enemy At The Gates comes off as being somewhat fantastic due to its attempt to balance entertainment with historical fact, and it came as a surprise to me to learn that Sergeant Vassili Zaitsev was a real person whose sniper rifle is still an exhibit in a Russian museum , but this makes it all the more entertaining to watch. In the case of Enemy at the Gates, the film's action is derived from a strong emotional core that lends to the film plenty of gut-wrenching drama that frames both the whole of the battle and the singularity of the sniper duel exceptionally. A gut-wrenching and impressive hide-and-seek thriller that uses the bloody battle of Stalingrad during the second World War as the clever disguise here for a real battle of courage and determination. Most every scene is filled with smoke, all that remains from an explosion, a crumbled structure, or the barrel of a rifle recently fired.
Zaitsev is reassigned to the sniper division and, with each kill, his legend grows. When Zaitsev helps the bumbling Commisar load a weapon and kill five Germans in rapid succession, he is hailed as a hero when Danilov writes of him in his latest propaganda piece. The action sequences fall a bit flat, with not much in the way of immersion or foundation-shaking bass. The city-in-rubble sets with bodies strewn everywhere had a lasting impression on me as did the scurrying-like-rats-through-the-rubble warfare. The cold weather, long supply lines, and the determination of the Red Army and the citizens of Stalingrad proved too much for the modernized German forces.