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3.0 out of 5 stars Both good and disappointing (contains spoilers) Aug. 19 2001
It is so gratifying to finally see a major motion picture made about the WWII Russian Front. After all, it was the Red Army that inflicted 80% of Germany's total casualties in the war, a fact that many Americans remain sadly ignorant of. It is high time we get past Cold War attitudes and pay tribute to the heroism of the Soviet Union in its bitter but ultimately triumphant struggle against Nazism. _Enemy at the Gates_ is a movie of epic proportions, featuring good overall performances by a solid cast as well as a spectacular cinematic recreation of the bombed-out city of Stalingrad.
Still, the movie tends to drag at times, and could have been much better. The love triangle subplot was more of a distraction than anything else, taking up time that could have been better used to tell more of the awesome story of the battle of Stalingrad as a whole. Rather than simply having the German commander state, "These snipers are demoralizing my people," it would have been nice to have actually "seen" a little bit more of how the actions of Zaitsev and the Soviet snipers wore down the vaunted German infantry. Regrettably, the duel between Zaitsev and Koenig seemed to be taking place in a separate reality than the war itself, almost giving the impression that both sides had an unwritten agreement to let the two rivals shoot it out without interference. Also, the abrupt ending gave no explanation as to how the Red Army, seemingly on the ropes throughout the movie, suddenly emerged victorious.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ETMR - Enemy at the Gates July 19 2004
1. Humanity: Stalingrad, with its torn buildings, dismal skyscapes, and eternal battles of gunfire, is almost more important than the sniper Vassily, the main protagonist. What does the landscape of the city tell you about the passions of men?
2. Implications: This film tries to pay credence to both the Russians and the Germans, while trying to play at their faults as well. It appears, however, that the film is still in favor of the Allies, from the distasteful humor in Major Konig toward his work, the ominous rows of sleek black German battle tanks, and the hopeful dancing of the Russian soldiers who knew they were to die. How does this movie paint the German personality? Do you think it is a valid statement?
3. Evolution: Cinema has seen many, many WWII films. From the blood and dust of Saving Private Ryan, to the practical jokes and youthfulness of The Great Escape, WWII films showcase a museum of human feelings regarding the Second Great War. Where does Enemy at the Gates fit into this grand tradition? How does it compare?
4. Realism: It's obvious the film tries to be realistic. The bloody battles and lost friends and gloomy atmosphere only emphasize and accent this theme. Yet there is a certain glee in the gun-battles, as if it were a video-game being played out. This is perceived in the cycling of snarpshooters beside Vassily the inevitable conflict between Vassily and Konig, the kill count papers, and the soap-opera love triangle between Danilov, Vassily, and Tanya. Do these elements become shortcomings, or do they flourish the film in its cinematic quest?
5. Stageplay: One of the first surprises of the film is that the Russian actors have British accents, while the Germans have German accents and speak English. How does this affect the atmosphere of the film?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Why You Can't Always Get a 5-Star Rating May 23 2004
For those who might think I only review things I'm wildly enthusiastic about, I have to rate this DVD a 4. Why? It is in English.
When it comes out in German, or Russian, with English subtitles, I may offer a different opinion. However, all I know about the Battle of Stalingrad, which I won't pit against a professional historian, suggests that some of the themes dealt with in this movie, cannot be dealt with in English.
To wit, I include:
1. What it meant to be a Jew in Stalin's Wartime Soviet Union. No matter how beatiful the Jewess, she should be heard in Russian.
2. No matter how evil, no matter how great the actor, a German major top sniper should speak German. I think Ed Harris is among our greatest actors. He does a magnificent job here, even hanging the young Russian boy who has acted as a double agent, appearing to be sympathetic to the German sniper sent to eliminated the great Soviet hero.
3. Stalingrad was more than mud. This movie somehow bypasses the absolute worst period of the Battle of Stalingrad. See the German film of 1992, titled, "Stalingrad." The winter defeated the Germans, not the Russians. This movie bypasses the period from November, 1942 to February, 1943, when General Paulus' Army surrenders. In addition, the position and personager of General Paulus, who committed high treason by surrendering, is given rather short shrift here.
4. This is just NOT a great battle or historical film. The known actors have not invalidated that. It is all just too "easy" (such as the Major "hearing" the snipers approaching a known pathway through pipes in a nearly silent factory, at a time when there could nearly have been no such silence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Run, Jump, Hide, There are enemies at our gates.
Twists and turns at every corner. I oftened wondered what we/I would do if our country was under attack within our own borders and in our own time. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Solomon David Dyson
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
very happy, DVD perfect
Published 2 months ago by alexhong2580
4.0 out of 5 stars good
real good to watch. not boring at all. I recommend it to anyone who like war movies or action like war movies.
Published 10 months ago by Emily K
5.0 out of 5 stars Enemy at the Gates
I have seen most of Enemy at the Gates about four or five times and I am fascinated every time. I guess it's the historian in me as I taught high school for 23 years, mostly... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Doug Xenis
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the few films showing World War Two from the Rusian...
World War Two's victory over Nazi Germany owes much to Russian troops such as those depicted in this film. It's a history lesson that brings that home.
Published 16 months ago by George R. Bryant
5.0 out of 5 stars Non-Stop Intensity
I have seen many war movies, but very few like "Enemy At The Gates". Set during the siege of Stalingrad in 1942, this movie tells the story of Russian super sniper Vasilli Zaitsev... Read more
Published 17 months ago by James Gallen
4.0 out of 5 stars American war film
Enemy at the Gates is a 2001 war film directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, starring Joseph Fiennes, Jude Law, Rachel Weisz, Bob Hoskins and Ed Harris set during a fictionalized version... Read more
Published 18 months ago by T
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, wrong packaging.
I got the Bluray and this is one of my favourite ones.
Really wish I got the original cover from amazon.ca not the hollywood-ed up version that looks like a race car movie.
Published 20 months ago by Braxton
5.0 out of 5 stars Sets you on your seat!!
Bought it for my husband-from the time the movie started until finish-we did not move-we sat and enjoyed the entire movie with anticipatation . Recommend it highly. Very Good
Published 22 months ago by Grammies
5.0 out of 5 stars A great historical movie!
The action is great, this true story is wonderfully told! Excellent acting! Historically correct in so many ways! It will thrill any audience!
Published on Dec 24 2011 by FDutil
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