The bloodiest battle in the history of modern warfare serves as the focus of this sweeping war film from director Fyodor Bondarchuk (9th Company, Obitaemiy Ostrov). The year is 1942: The German army has devastated the city of Stalingrad in the Soviet Union, prompting a band of brave Russian soldiers to make their last stand in a strategic building on the bank of the Volga. When the cornered soldiers encounter a pair of Russian women who failed to flee before the German assault, an unlikely romance emerges against the backdrop of the defining battle that will ultimately become a crucial victory for the Allied forces -- but not before five months of ferocious fighting. Thomas Kretschmann, Petr Federov, and Yanina Studilina star.~Jason Buchanan
I had seen a trailer and saw it was in 3D so it was a must buy. I found it on sale at BB so I picked it up. I was surprised when it started out in modern day. Then it time shifts to WWII. I was expecting it but the 3D and Surround were really great and got involved with the movie. The modern to WWII made you wondering what was happening. It all comes together and I did recommend it to a stranger.
While technically it is not the 1st Russian movie in 3d (apparently there was a 3d film produced in 1941) it is the 1st modern 3d film. No efforts were spared to make this one of the best examples of 3d film making. The 3d aspect of the film was handled by 3ality Technica, one of the Hollywood company at the forefront of 3d technology. In addition, the production values were outstanding, with Stalingrad having been reproduced in exact detail. That being said, the plot and characters were somewhat pedestrian. I have a fairly extensive collection of 3d movies and this is one of the best examples of 3d technology. I rank this up with Avatar and Hugo as what 3d can be. If your home theater has 3d capability, this film will be a great addition to your collection.
Nothing beats watching the spectacle that this movie is on a giant IMAX 3D screen. Unfortunately, it suffers from overly patriotic tendencies A La Michael Bay movies but the overall feel of this movie is that it entertains. Visually, it's stunning. The costumes, the sets, the cinematography and the 3D effects are all top notch. I hope one day they may do a second one.
Action scenes were superb! The English overdubbing never should have been added. Hearing the German soldiers speak in German added to the realism. Some of the overdubbed voices sounded like one of my computer war games--Panzers Phase 1.
Also, the romance was a bit much, especially for an epic battle such as Stalingrad (same thing holds true for Enemy at the Gate). Too bad the German Stalingrad version 1992 was not made as realistic as this latest version. One last negative--German Tanks--Mark IV were placed on T-54/55s. Being a war buff, that sort of spoiled the realism, but I let it slide.
Movie line based on a battle in Stalingrad Russia. A depiction of one of the battles that turned the tide of the second World War against Hitlers Germany. Not the type of movie where you see super soldiers taking out mass numbers of enemy soldiers. Realistic and believable.
Very gritty WW II account of one of military histories greatest battles...intense action scenes,with added treat of increased depth throughout,if you view the 3 D version. Not Hollywood....much better acting .
good movie; should have been in theatres but wasnt
Decent historical account of battle of Stalingrad, proving to be the pivitol battle in WWII. This movie is as long as the battle was and sometimes slow, but overall a decent movie and mildly entertaining.
If you like epic Russian novels with all their depressing angst, This movie has all of that plus World War II action and lots of particulate matter flying off the screen into you face. Few movies do the 3D effect this well, but most don't require the mental investment and reading of subtitles that this one does.