I did enjoy the movie, because history is my hobby.
However, the sheer amount of information will be a challenge to follow, and digest, for the average viewer. 160 minutes can only very superficially cover this amazing journey through the Nomohan Conflict (War between the Soviet Union and the Empire of Japan,)and through all of WW2.
For the action fans, probably allright. A curious person however, wants to know more about of what's going on in the film. Many scenes beg for character development and perhaps some narrations.
There are sometimes too many why's, which a miniseries could have suspensefully covered:
1.) What was the Nomohan Incident all about ?
2.) Is there always snow in siberia ?
Our protagonist's spent 3 years in a siberian
Why where they treated so harshley by the
Russian Guards (the viewer just gets the usual
3.) In November 1941, they join / or forced into
the Soviet army. I would have liked much
more info about this chapter.
4.) They are thrown into the Soviet Winter-
offensive campaign against the German
5.) They get captured by the Germans, and
spent time in a German POW camp for
Russian Soldiers. The film makers
obviusly ignored, how the Russian
POW's fared in those Camps.
They only show the part, where our
protagonist's are taking the offer, to
join the Wehrmacht.
Than the movie jumps 2 years again,
so we never will know about our
protagonist's interaction with Germans.
Like the interaction with Russians, it
would have been extremely interesting
to follow those culture clashes.
The film did not offer anything like
that. What we get are scenes of extreme
brutality and nihilism. A touch of
human interaction(drama) would have made this