Saturday 6 June 2020

Movie : Panfilov's 28 men

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I saw the trailer for this movie years ago and made a mental note to keep an eye out for it once it got released. My mental note capacity has declined over the years, so I lost track of it until last night.

It's a Russian crowd-funded movie, but don't let that fool you into thinking it's a B movie or worse. It's an excellent war-movie that I very much enjoyed watching. As far as "enjoy" is an acceptable word for watching people die in a war.

It's about a company of Russian soldiers, in November 1941, tasked to stop the German tanks advance to Moscow. They're to achieve this at all costs, and with limited resources.
Realistic scenes, good acting. The tanks (Panzer III and IV as far as I could see at a glance) were well presented, there was a good eye for detail and strategy.  The German dialog isn't subtitled, but this does not detract from understanding what's happening (it's not much and most of it can be followed with a basic understanding of German).

It's a shame more movies of this caliber don't reach our theaters, television or even streaming services. Just last year, I enjoyed T-34 almost equally.

The full movie is available on Youtube (with English subtitles), although that's probably a blatant copyright infringement. I don't know if Russian law is different. It's been there since October 2018, so good chance it'll stay.

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