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Unengaging Horrors of War XXXX

  • Jun 27, 2010
First off, "Attack on Leningrad" is a very misleading title. Long drawn siege would be better. The action scene on the cover is also very misleading. At the start there is a battle scene redone from "Enemy at the Gates" and some CGI Aircraft bombing but that is only for about 15 minutes of the whole movie, this certainly is no "battle movie". More accurate would be to have Mira Sorvino lying in a bed huddling to children trying to stay warm.

This is a Russian film trying to bring the story of Leningrad to life with a cliche script exploiting on some sort of "Horrors of War porn" without brining anything new or even being interesting. Into the plot are drawn a myriad of characters with thin and uninteresting stories and a sub plot about the Stalin regime. Added to this a completely unneccessary view from the German side and a love story.

On the whole the film felt as if it was trying so hard to cater to everyone and completely forgot to be interesting for someone.

Not that the siege of Leningrad isn't worthy of a good story. It certainly is. Its just that this story isn't good, just moves along in an unengaging way. Possibly worth watching but hardly a keeper and even then it is never a must see.

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A soaring, action-packed journey of heroism and sacrifice as one crusading journalist desperately fights to uncover the horrors buried within the infamous Nazi siege of Leningrad in the savage winter of 1941. At the height of World War II, journalist Kate Davis becomes trapped within the devastated city of Leningrad. Seperated from her lover, American writer Philip Parker, Kate is rescued by Nina Tsvetkova, a member of the Leningrad militia who provides refuge for those escaping those horrors of war that have come so close to home. With the enemy's grip closing ever tighter on the war-ravaged city, stray bullets and catastrophic bombing raids a daily peril, this makeshift band of survivors must battle to stay alive and fight for the ultimate prize: their freedom. An epic story, inspired by true events, featuring an acclaimed, award-winning cast, this is the tale of the tragedy that befell Leningrad: at over 800 days, it was one of the longest and most destructive sieges in history. Special Features: Heroes Under Seige - go behind the challenging production of this intricate, stunningly detailed and epic recreation of one of history's most infamous and gripping conflicts. An Epic Vision - an exclusive interview with the director on how he brought the impact of WWII's most devastating seige to life. Trailer.
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