Enemy at the Gates

2001

Drama / History

45
IMDb Rating 7.5

Synopsis


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1.70G
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R
English
23.976 /
131 min
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852.13M
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R
English
23.976 /
131 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Jonathan-13 8

Bursting into my Top Five war movies of all time is this film. A gritty and realistic portrayal of one of the worst battles in the history of war - the 1942-43 armwrestle for the city of Stalingrad. <br/><br/>Much has been made of the actors speaking in their native accents, but this seems a trivial complaint - the film is in English after all! More important is the masterful manner of speech of the actors - Bob Hoskins&#39; gutteral exultations as Ukrainian potato farmer Nikita Krushchev; Joseph Fiennes&#39; pompous and proud intonations as the political officer; Jude Law&#39;s common man for the peasant turned soldier; Ed Harris with the clipped and crisp tones of a German officer.<br/><br/>This is my pick for the best film of the year so far (August). It is truly a cinematic masterpiece, with horrific scenes of the violence of war, brilliant dialog and heart-wrenching tragedy. Expect to be moved.

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Reviewed by mentalcritic 10

It would be all too easy to dismiss Enemy At The Gates as being an attempt to cash in on Saving Private Ryan&#39;s success, but in my opinion, it is a very worthy competitor. In fact, it is a better film. I say that primarily because I am sick to death of Americans using World War II as a basis for films that generally amount to little more than propaganda. Of course, Enemy At The Gates comes off as being somewhat fantastic due to its attempt to balance entertainment with historical fact, and it came as a surprise to me to learn that Sergeant Vassili Zaitsev was a real person (whose sniper rifle is still an exhibit in a Russian museum), but this makes it all the more entertaining to watch.<br/><br/>A lot of historians have it that the battle of Stalingrad was the most unpleasant one fought during the second World War, and this film&#39;s set design and cinematography capture that impeccably. When the Russians are battling the Nazis, you get the idea that if the Nazis didn&#39;t kill them, malnutrition, tetanus, scurvy, bubonic plague, or a million other things would. Jude Law and Joseph Fiennes lend authenticity to their roles that makes it even easier to follow them on their personal journey through hell, and Ed Harris is scarily convincing as a high-ranking Nazi. The real surprise here, however, is Rachel Weisz as Sergeant Tania Chernova, and the very heart and soul of the film. When she describes the reasons why she decided to take up a gun and battle the Germans, it all makes so much sense that you just want to buy the poor girl a beer and give her a good warm embrace. Not that such things would erase the scars that her character bears, but one would feel obligated to try.<br/><br/>Writer/Director Jean-Jacques Annaud, writer Alain Goddard, and cinematographer Robert Fraisse treat the subject matter with great care towards authenticity and entertainment value. It&#39;s very tricky to get these two things in proper sync, but they more than manage here. They also don&#39;t rely on any hokey photographic effects to tell the story, simply letting you see everything as clearly as possible, letting your imagination do the rest. Anyone who&#39;s read anything credible about the inhuman suffering the Russian soldiers endured during this battle will have no trouble filling in the gaps that the narrative leaves about their living conditions. The blood and gore shown during the battles is also very conducive to the atmosphere. Rather than just expecting you to believe that a solider gets his stomach spread all over half a kilometer of pavement by enemy bullets, they show you so you can get a feel for how bloodthirsty both sides in the confrontation were. Even the sex scene doesn&#39;t look out of place here.<br/><br/>To make a long story short, this is the first film I&#39;ve seen in a long, long time that I haven&#39;t been able to come up with a list of criticisms for. It is simply excellent, and the 7.1 rating it is currently stuck with does not do it justice. It is easily superior to the likes of Platoon, the equal of more esoteric war films such as Three Kings, and it is miles above the likes of Saving Private Ryan and Pearl Harbour. Vassili Zaitsev would be very happy that his struggle has inspired such a commendable piece of art - it is exactly the sort of thing he and millions of others like him (on both sides of the planet) were fighting for.

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Reviewed by Nazi_Fighter_David 8

In &quot;Enemy at the Gates,&quot; the future of the greatest battle of World War II, would be decided between a young Russian sniper and an aristocratic sharpshooter from Germany sent to kill him? Jude Law and Ed Harris sit for hours waiting for the right moment? It was a duel set in the siege of Stalingrad? Stalingrad was one of the biggest and bloodiest battles of World War II, and in the midst of this huge battle, these two soldiers were hunting each other down? <br/><br/>The film opens with the harrowing transport of thousand of Russian soldiers across the Volga River to Stalingrad? The recruits were packed onto steamers, barges, whatever they could find to ferry them across the river? All that under a deluge of shells, bombs and explosions? <br/><br/>By the time Vassili arrives to Stalingrad, the Nazis have a distinct edge, and Soviet morale is at an all-time low? <br/><br/>Leading the Russians in their seemingly futile defense is Nikita Kruschev, played by Bob Hoskins? The Germans, at that time, were overrunning the place and the Russians were in an appalling state? It was the most awful battle of the war? <br/><br/>Joseph Fiennes plays Danilov, an idealistic Russian officer who passionately speaks about his belief in getting the troops to turn the grave situation in Stalingrad around? He finds the perfect inspiration in Vassili? <br/><br/>Rachel Weisz plays a young woman who volunteers to help in the war effort? She&#39;s literally protecting the people she grew up with? When she meets Vassili, he just has a natural intelligence, a natural instinct? <br/><br/>Jude Law is remarkable as the young sharpshooter Vassili Zaitsev who conveyed both humanity and intensity? There&#39;s such a fierce intelligence and liveliness in his eyes? He can also be very quiet and internal? Vassili found the complexity within the silence and stillness? In fact to be a sniper is very much about a man of action through stillness? Vassili represented the ultimate hero, the symbol of someone who could instill hope and belief in victory amongst the troops, because his skills as a sniper were unparalleled? <br/><br/>Ed Harris played Major Konig, the German sharpshooter sent to hunt down Vassili? He knows that Vassili was picking off German officers with some regularity, and was becoming a folk hero for the Russian soldiers as well as the Russian populace... He decided to eliminate him? <br/><br/>The casting of Ed Harris opposite Jude Law resulted in a striking visual link between their characters? They both have these unbelievably penetrating blue eyes? And director Jean-Jacques Annaud began to see the duel through their eyes? And one of the first shots of Ed Harris was a close-up of his blue eyes? <br/><br/>Annaud painted the tensions very clearly and concentrated purely on the eyes of the Jude Law and Harris and, of course, on their rifles and how they were hidden and what they were doing? Basically, the core of his camera is the duel of their eyes, duel of men, duel of snipers, therefore a confrontation of people that scan the surrounding buildings, and try to decipher what they see?

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