3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
Outstanding, Aug 7 2007
This film was outstanding. It is the perfect blend of realism and fantasy. Some have written in other reviews that it had excessive violence and that nobody is a evil and cruel as the captain.....well, I can only say that those who feel that way are not aware of the realities of horror and war. War brings out all kinds of monsters and this was as realistic as it gets in it's portrayal of evil. Having family who have fought in the Spanish Civil War, the film portrays the violence completely effectively, in fact, it is downplayed.
See the film; it is excellent and completely original. It is in a category of it's very own.
A note to MH who left a review down below... the movie was never targeted for children, in fact, it was made very clear that it is a movie for adults. Also, the movie DOES NOT take place during WW2 as you have written- it takes place during the SPANISH CIVIL WAR which is an entirely separate war. It is a shame that this very important fact from the film was completely missed in your review. This is the setting and time frame which sets the mood for the entire film.