Defiance is a 2008 war film directed by Edward Zwick. Set in the eastern regions of German Nazi-occupied Poland (now western Belarus) during World War II, the film is an adaptation of Nechama Tec's Defiance: The Bielski Partisans, which is based on the … see full wiki
1. 1941: Eastern Europe (Poland, in the area that's now part of Belarus) 2. German baddies go about the business of collecting Jewish people in ghettoes or eliminating them immediately 3. Four brothers survive and head to the forest, 4. where they stay, 5. for the entire movie, 6. enduring terrible hardship, 7. joined by other survivors, 8. and interact with a group of Soviet partisans. 9. This is their story.
Daniel Craig plays Tuvia Bielski, a historical figure of Polish Jewish ancestry, who shepherded his flock of Jewish refugees through times of hunger, cold, grief and persecution, all the while hiding the constantly growing group in the Naliboki forest. After avenging the deaths of his parents, Tuvia tries to adopt a less violent approach to survival, which brings him into conflict with his brother Zus (Live Schreiber) who would much rather shoot first and think later.
Another brother Asael (Jamie Bell) seems to be the shy and unassuming brother, until he steals the show by (1) getting married and (2) picking up the mantle of leadership when it was most needed. The fourth brother Aron doesn't have much to say or do in this story.
Essentially a story of desperate survival, there are also elements of romance, pride and humanity, which coupled with the adversities of the situation, make for a dark but compelling movie.