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Max Manus: Man Of War

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  • Actors: Aksel Hennie, Nicolai Cleve Broch, Petter Naess, Viktoria Winge, Mats Eldoen
  • Directors: Joachin Ronning, Espen Sandberg, Joachim Rønning
  • Producers: John M. Jacobsen, Sveinung Golimo, John Jacobsen
  • Format: Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Norwegian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 14 and over
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • Release Date: July 13 2010
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B003HKS08Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #47,506 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Follows the young adventurer Max Manus from the time he arrived in Nazi-occupied Norway in 1940 after having fought the Russians during the Winter War in Finland. Manus joined Norwegian resistance and became a member of the Oslo Gang, specializing in the sinking of ships, including the spectacular sabotage of the Donau troop ship in December, 1944.

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Ask someone in western society "Who won WWII?" and you'll get the answer "We did!". But who is 'We' exactly?
This riveting film hit home for me that the war was not won by one nation or one great hero, that is far to often portrayed in the mass media. It was won by the courage of every man, woman, and child who resisted, fought or died for what they truly believed in.
An epic true story which shows that any person, any group can make a difference, and as a race we do not know who our heroes truly are. It inspired me to look back at my countries own history and find the heroes i could be proud of.
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Norway's fate in WWII is one many historians skip over or at most describe in a page or two in a volume of hundreds of pages. It is therefore worthwhile that a movie other than The Heroes of Telemark* (with Kirk Douglas) can shed some more light on activities and heroics of the Norwegian resistance. Since my own father volunteered and fought the invaders and later played some role in the resistance--and my first memory is of the German Army having war games around my childhood home--I have always had a personal interest in the subject of the occupation of Norway.

First off, this movie leaves out much of what the hero, Max Manus, related in his biographical books. Time restraints dictated that much had to be sketchy or left out. A TV series, such a Foyle's War, could only have done it justice. However, this is a capable and well crafted effort and movie reviewers have given it an above average rating. I think the producer deserves praise for choosing a hero, Aksel Hennie, lacking in testosterone-bursting bravado (as an American production would no doubt have had it). These are ordinary guys putting up a brave resistance against impossible odds and at times succeeding spectacularly but also at times paying the ultimate price. Also, praise could be given for not needlessly demonizing the German rank and file as many WWII movies have done.

Another episode also worthy of a film would be that of the sinking of the massive German cruiser Blücher by the Oscarsborg coastal fortress on 9 April 1940 in Oslo fjord, as it steamed its way towards Oslo to occupy the capital and seize the royal family and the members of government.
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“Sometimes I read other reviews to get an insight into what people are about”in a case
of this movie,some say it’s not as realistic as it should be,because they knew the history of
some of the story that’s being told here,if you know the history why are you looking for more
of what you already know,maybe you can foot the bill for the rest of what you’re missing,
“Based on the true story of one mans determination” (Max Manus)to not let his country go down
without a fight,band together a group of his fellow comrades to fight the Nazi's, even though the odds
are way against them, I’ve seen it here, I’ve seen it a thousand times,it’s not the Big things sometimes
that give you the reward,but sometimes it’s the small things that go unnoticed,as this shows you,
“What would you do in a case like this,or how would you know what or if you could do anything,
you know I hate to say it,but if you can’t experience it,it’s so easy to say something negative about
other peoples plight,this is why when I’m presented with a Book I absolutely unequivocally do not believe
one word of it, I just take it with a grain of salt,especially when it’s a true story,because you know why,
who in the hell has spoken the truth about anything in the last 100 years,only the people who are seeking it,
it’s either they get the wrong information,or they were told what they wanted to hear,then they change it as well,
Norwegian, English,5.1 Dolby.
2.40:1 Widescreen.
117 Minutes.
Love The Movie....
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Like most other European nations that were occupied by the Germans during WWII, the Norwegians have been traumatised by the experience practically ever since. That is no wonder, since what happened in these countries often had character of a civil war, with some people setting up underground resistance movements and others assisting the Germans in trying to hinder their activities. You would think there's material here for some great films dealing with these ultra sensitive issues. Unfortunately, they don't seem to emerge, and certainly not in this case.

Instead, this is a completely traditional film tribute to a well-known spearhead of the Norwegian resistance movement, Max Manus. In many ways it might as well have been a statue or a coffee table book, since it does very little to go into the more complex aspects of what is probably, at least in some ways, the nastiest form of war there is. Also, Manus' traumatic childhood and youth are only hinted at, and no moral issues are dealt with when he starts courting a married woman with children. There is a lot of talk about Manus' time as a volunteer in Finland during the Winter War, but no mentioning at all of the ambiguous feeling our hero must have had about this two years later when he is fighting the Germans in Norway and Finland has joined the Germany army in their invasion of Russia.

The structure is a typical Hollywood three-acter (1. You chase a man up in a tree. 2. You shake a stick at him. 3. You get the man down from the tree) portraying clean-cut, heroic Norwegian lovers of King and country fighting nasty Nazis. The acting is in parts pretty good, but generally as wooden and skin-deep as you would expect with this kind of manuscript.
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