Company of Heroes [Blu-ray]
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Based on a true story, a group of American soldiers get trapped behind enemy lines during the Battle of the Bulge, and set out to retrieve a defecting German scientist who was in charge of Hitler's secret nuclear bomb program.
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What makes pseudo histories are the characters. This film concentrated on one particular character, sniper Nate Burrows (Chad Michael Collins) pretty much to the exclusion of everyone else. Vinnie Jones was a welcomed addition. Some of the scenes worked well, while others were simply bad, making this a very haphazard production. I loved the scene of the killing of the German soldiers done to the opera of "Faust." Shades of "Clockwork Orange." However, the CG graphics of the planes and gun fire flames was noticibly fake. What really hurt this film is that they squandered dialouge which should have been better utilized to build character rather than conceal it, as in the case of the main character.
Makes for a rental for Vinnie Jones fans. Vinnie knows bar fights.
Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex. Brief "Witness" style nudity (Melia Kreiling who plays Bathsheba in "The Bible" mini series)
Histoire simple, et simple prévoir.
Histoire sans véritable intérêt.
Non indispensable a une collection de DVD.
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War movies don't necessarily have to be dead-on accurate. Band of Brothers, the greatest of them all, takes a few historical liberties, and Glory, the best Civil War movie ever made, makes a lot of historical errors. Both films get away with it because they maintain historical credulity, and they are well made films. Company of Heroes doesn't come close on either account. Its low budget shows, and the story is so inane as to make a Vin Diesel film seem rational. Moreover, the biggest name in the film, Tom Sizemore, is fat as no soldier in the American GI was after spending six months in the field.
The film begins in December 1944 at the start of the Battle of the Bulge, a promising opening that soon deteriorates into absurdity. Our company of heroes is a small American unit cut off in the Argonne Forest. A German patrol comes down the road during the night, and the American boys hide in the woods. What are they doing while trying to escape detection? Smoking! As if the Germans couldn't see cigarette glow in a pitch black forest. Guess what? They can't! Not only that, the GIs are hiding behind trees half their body widths, and the Germans can't see them when they scan with their high powered search light. The Americans kill most of those Germans, escape, and take the place of a dead spy to complete his mission, which they discover has something to do with an atomic bomb, the concept of which seems to be immediately understandable to all of them. They have to contact a German spy in Stuttgart and hop a German prisoner train to get there. That's right: a German train going INTO Germany. To get on board, they shoot down dozens of really stupid Germans who continuously run single file into the line of fire. Despite their obvious presence on board, the train pulls out on time. The Americans arrive safely at Stuttgart now joined an escaped British airman and a Russian soldier. The Germans are waiting, but - you guessed it - fall by the hundreds as the Americans fight their way into town. While there, they kill a few more Germans for their uniforms and walk down the street speaking English in normal voices, the Russian included. Meanwhile, the Germans, although knowing they've been infiltrated, do nothing to increase security or locate their foe. The Americans meet their German contact, who, of course, is a beautiful young woman. She takes them to her house where she insists they are safe and, in a pointless scene, conveniently forgets to close the bathroom door so the film's hero can view some German booty et al. Once dressed, she informs them that the Nazi's first atomic bomb test had fizzled but a reluctant German scientist (her father we later learn but which we've already surmised) has resolved the technical problem. The Americans' mission is ensure a second A-bomb is deactivated and destroyed and the plans sent to the Allies. (Earth to writer: the Germans didn't have one atomic bomb, much less two.) And last but not least, in the big climax, an American bombing raid levels the atomic bomb factory but does so at such a low altitude that the explosions might take out the planes, too. (Earth once again to writer: The Army Air Corps never did a bomb run at that low an altitude.)
The film is a historical joke and not a very good film in any other regard.
Here's the short list; the makers admitted they had a limited budget - if so, hire lesser named actors and make a better movie. The vast majority of the helmets worn in this movie are plastic and fiberglass, and it shows; they don't fit well, they look like plastic, and they bounce all over the place - not to mention, most of the Germans are wearing WWI "Coal Scuttle" helmets for some reason, not WWII helmets. They also only had a few German uniforms for the hundreds of suicidally stupid German soldiers who mindlessly run headlong into machine gun fire over and over again. To make up for this, they simply put the Germans in E. German overcoats (almost all of them) to disguise the fact they don't have uniforms. The main "bad guy" German in the flick is an enigma, as he wears an Army Oberst's uniform with a Luftwaffe pilot's badge as his only breast decoration, yet he also has the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, and he's wearing an Army cap with a Luftwaffe wreath on it and an SS eagle sewn over that - and his overcoat has an SS eagle on the sleeve - that's some serious research! Likewise, his adjutant wears a Heer lieutenant's uniform with an SS officer's visor cap throughout. And all of the "SS" troops have Heer decals on their helmets. In one scene, they go to an opera house, where this officer's box is festooned with Fuhrer Standards and the outside of the building has them all over the place as well - guess they thought they looked pretty. And, of course, everything touched by the Germans has a swastika on it, just like in the 1940's movies - regardless of whether it's a truck, a box, a pack of cigarettes, and yes, even brick buildings (no lie, the secret German factory has multiple large white swastikas just painted randomly all over the brick walls) have big swastikas painted on them so you won't get confused.
The American stuff is equally bad - the uniforms and equipment are terrible. One reviewer mentions the German G43 sniper rifle a GI is using, but he doesn't mention it's a POS rifle with a modern hardware store scope on it and a homemade mount and the barrel is missing its sights - even the rifle is a piece of junk. There's only seven or eight GI's really in this movie, but even at that, one's carrying a British .303 Enfield, one appears to be carrying a CZ24 bolt-action Mauser-type rifle, and the others all have Thompsons - and every German is equipped with an MP40, across-the-board, all of which have endless magazine capacity. Oh, but let's not overlook the German machine-gun team at the beginning of the flick, that for some reason is using a WWI Austrian water-cooled HMG.
There are a number of very poorly disguised Russian T-34 tanks in this movie which are garbed up and painted gray to look like godknowswhat, but they don't look like anything in particular and I imagine they were borrowed from another movie given the budget these guys had. Problem here too is they are identified as the "12th Waffen SS Panzer Division" which played a very small part in the Ardennes Offensive and, as stated, everybody in the 12th SS in this movie is wearing regular German army uniforms and despite being the Hitler Jugend Division, these guys all look like they're in their forties. When they do close ups on the tanks, it gets worse, as you can see they're missing the hull mounted machine guns, have rust streaks all over them, and they're in terrible condition - they look like they've been sitting on a Hungarian back lot for ages.
The plot of the movie, if you can call it that, is simply absurd and the dialogue is absolutely terrible - a teenager could've written a better and more believable movie. I've only played a couple of WWII video games on a couple of occasions, but I came away from those experiences much more impressed than I was with this movie.
Don't be sucked in by the big names involved, this movie is a disaster and it'll end up in my next garage sale or thrift store donation.