Tuesday, October 6, 2009


Starring: Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell, and Alexa Davalos

"Defiance is an inspiring story about bravery and humanity in the worst of human circumstances."

Defiance, tells the story of the three Jewish brothers, Tuvia, Zus, and Asael Bielski.Inspired by a true story, this epic World War II drama Defiance tells the tale of three Jewish Eastern European brothers who narrowly escape certain death at the hands of the Nazis, subsequently vowing to avenge the deaths of their loves ones by launching a desperate battle against the forces that seek to exterminate their entire race. The year is 1941, and the setting is Nazi-occupied Poland. The Final Solution is in full effect, and the Jews of Eastern Europe are being slaughtered wholesale. Tuvia, Zus, and Asael, have miraculously managed to escape into the dense surrounding forest. Having played in these woods since childhood, the brothers have a distinct advantage over their adversaries, and soon decide that simply surviving is not enough. In order to make a difference, they must take action, but in order to take action they will need support. As whispers of their bravery take wind, others like them appear determined to lay their lives on the line for the cause of freedom. Tuvia has become the de facto leader of the group, but he's still somewhat reluctant to take on such a heavy responsibility and his brother Zus expresses concern that his idealistic plan will ultimately bring about the group's downfall. With winter setting in, everyone works to create a functioning community that will help them endure the frigid months that lie ahead, and Asael reluctantly finds himself caught in the crossfire of his older siblings' rivalry. Is it possible to keep faith alive in a time when the world seems devoid of humanity and survival becomes a way of life? ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

Zus Bielski

Asael Bielski

One of the things I appreciated most in this film, was the strong bond that existed between the Bielski brothers. The close relationships they shared, and the fact, that even though they had many disagreements and fights, they always stood by eachother in the end.

This movie is set against one of the most heartrending times in human history.
There is something incredibly powerful about a holocaust film that realistically depicts the sorrow and struggle of the Jews. When faced with the most daunting challenges the true nature of people is revealed, either to depict them as the courageous, heroic people they are, or to manifest their weakness and limitations. I think the performances by Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber were truly incredible. The fear, sorrow, anger, hatred, rage, and love that is displayed so intensely, so perfectly, makes this film an extraordinary work of art, that I believe anyone would be benefited by watching. By Miss Rose


Miss Pickwickian said...

I love, love, love this movie! Good post, Miss Rose. :-)

Polka Dot said...

This is definitely the best Holocaust movie! I LOVE it!