Category: War

Mr. Pip

Summary: Mr Pip is the story of how Mr Watts (Hugh Laurie), a teacher on the war-torn island of Bougainville, helps a young girl survive the violence of her daily life through the power of imagination. Mr Watts reads from his favourite book, “Great Expectations”, and 14-year-old Matilda is transported into the Victorian world, finding inspiration, friendship and hope when her real life is filled with harsh uncertainty and danger.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 14th November, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: Papua New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand

Director: Andrew Adamson

Screenwriter: Andrew Adamson, Lloyd Jones (novel)

Cast: Eka Darville (Pip), Florence Korokoro (Grace Watts), Hugh Laurie (Mr. Watts)

Runtime: 117 mins

Classification:M

OUR MR PIP REVIEWS & RATINGS:

Greg King: Stars(2.5)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘Mr. Pip’ that is available on www.filmreviews.com.au

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(2.5)

IMDB Rating:  Mr. Pip (2012) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Mr Pip′: Please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #58

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In The Fog

Summary: It is 1942, and on the German-occupied Western frontiers of the Soviet Union, local partisans are fighting a brutal resistance campaign. Two of these partisans are escorting suspected Nazi collaborator Sushenya to his death when they are ambushed, and wounded. The tables turned, Sushenya is forced to make a moral choice under immoral circumstances. Adapted from Vasil Bykov’s novel, In The Fog is minimalist and restrained, its sparse visual language and soundtrack driving the growing sense of menace and unease, and ultimately unfolding into a philosophical and psychological meditation on morality.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 14th March, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: Germany, Netherlands, Belarus, Russia, Latvia

Director: Sergei Loznitsa

Screenwriter: Sergei Loznitsa, Vasili Bykov (novel)

Cast: Vladislav Abashin (Burov), Stepans Bogdanovs (Topchievsky), Dmitry Bykovskiy (Yaroshevich), Vlad Ivanov (Grossmeier), Igor Khripunov (Mirokha), Sergei Kolesov (Votik), Dmitrijs Kolosovs (Mishuk), Nikita Peremotovs (Grisha), Yuliya Peresild (Anelya), Kirill Petrov (Koroban), Vladimir Svirskiy (Sushenya)

Runtime: 123 mins

Classification:M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘In The Fog’ Review: Please check Dave’s review of ‘In The Fog’ that is available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘In The Fog′: Check Episode #24 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘In The Fog’.

Rating: 2.5/5

IMDB Rating: In the Fog (2012) on IMDb

War Witch

Summary: Kim Nguyen paints a poignant and harrowing portrait of Komona, a 14-year-old girl (wonderfully played by nonprofessional actress Rachel Mwanza) who has been kidnapped from her African village by rebels to become a child soldier. She escapes from the camp with an older albino soldier and experiences for the very first time the joys of a peaceful and loving life, but a fresh tragedy will force her to confront and fight the ghosts haunting her mind.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 14th March, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: Canada

Director: Kim Nguyen

Screenwriter: Kim Nguyen

Cast: Alain Lino Mic Eli Bastien (Commandant – Rebelle), Serge Kanyinda (Magicien), Rachel Mwanza (Komona), Jordan N’Tunga (Jordan), Ralph Prosper (Boucher), Diane Uwamahoro (Komona – Narrator (voice)

Runtime: 90 mins

Classification:MA15+

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Rebelle/War Witch’ Review: Please check Dave’s review of ‘Rebelle/War Witch’ that is available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Rebelle/War Witch′: Check Episode #24 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Rebelle/War Witch’.

Rating: 4/5

IMDB Rating: War Witch (2012) on IMDb

War Witch

Summary: Kim Nguyen paints a poignant and harrowing portrait of Komona, a 14-year-old girl (wonderfully played by nonprofessional actress Rachel Mwanza) who has been kidnapped from her African village by rebels to become a child soldier. She escapes from the camp with an older albino soldier and experiences for the very first time the joys of a peaceful and loving life, but a fresh tragedy will force her to confront and fight the ghosts haunting her mind.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 14th March, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: Canada

Director: Kim Nguyen

Screenwriter: Kim Nguyen

Cast: Alain Lino Mic Eli Bastien (Commandant – Rebelle), Serge Kanyinda (Magicien), Rachel Mwanza (Komona), Jordan N’Tunga (Jordan), Ralph Prosper (Boucher), Diane Uwamahoro (Komona – Narrator (voice)

Runtime: 90 mins

Classification:MA15+

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Rebelle/War Witch’ Review: Please check Dave’s review of ‘Rebelle/War Witch’ that is available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Rebelle/War Witch′: Check Episode #24 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Rebelle/War Witch’.

Rating: 4/5

IMDB Rating: War Witch (2012) on IMDb

Lore

Summary: After her Nazi parents are imprisoned, Lore leads her younger siblings across a war-torn Germany in 1945. Amidst the chaos, she encounters mysterious Jewish refugee Thomas, who shatters her fragile reality with hatred and desire. To live, she must trust someone she was taught to hate and face the darkness within herself.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 20th September, 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: 6th February, 2013

Country: Germany, Australia, UK

Director: Cate Shortland

Screenwriter: Robin Mukherjee, Cate Shortland, Rachel Seiffert (novel)

Cast: Hendrik Arnst (Mann vom Ochsenwagen), Andre Frid (Gunther), Claudia Geisler (Frau vom Ochsenwagen), Eva-Maria Hagen (Grobmutter), Nick Holaschke (Peter), Ursina Lardi (Mutti), Kai-Peter Malina (Thomas), Sven Pippig (Bauer), Katrin Pollitt (Bauerin), Saskia Rosendahl (Lore), Mika Seidel (Jurgen), Nele Trebs (Liesel), Hans-Jochan Wagner (Vati), Philip Wiegratz (Helmut), Hanne B. Wolham (Martha)

Runtime: 109 mins

Classification:MA15+

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Lore’ Review: 

When Australian director Cate Shortland delivered her debut feature film ‘Somersault’ in 2004 it was labelled a cinematic masterpiece. The way she captured the emotion of her lead character and also the landscape of the Snowy Mountains was something that had never been seen before Australia. Therefore it comes as quite a surprise that it has taken Shortland until 2012 to deliver her eagerly awaited follow up film, ‘Lore’.

Set in Germany in 1945 the film follows a young girl named, Lore (Saskia Rosendahl – Fur Elise) who watches as the German Army falls apart and succumbs to the Allies. As Russian, American, French and British troops pile into Germany Lore can only watch as her Nazi parents Mutti (Ursina Lardi – Stampede, TV’S Der Staatsanwalt) and Vati (Hans-Jochen Wagner – TV’S Tatort, TV’S Die Bergwacht) are arrested.

Now Lore finds herself having to embark on a journey across Germany with her brothers and sisters, Liesel (Nele Trebs – My Prince My King, TV’S SOKO Wismar), Gunther (Andre Frid – Der Fiend In Meinnem Leben, Bella Und Der Feigenbaum), Jurgen (Mika Seidel – Jorinde Und Joringel, Stopped On Track) and Peter (Nick Holasschke – newcomer) to their grandmother’s house. But Lore soon realises that while the war may be over, the horrors of war certainly aren’t and soon she faces a major dilemma, does she allow a young Jew, Thomas (Kai Malina – TV’S The Last Cop, TV’S SOKO Keipzig) travel with them for protection or does she stick to her beliefs that have been drummed into her by her parents.

To her credit Shortland doesn’t just make another World War II or another Holocaust movie, instead she touches on something from this period that has been rarely looked at what happened to the families of German officers after the Allies had won the war. And Shortland certainly doesn’t muck around with the story at hand either she takes the film into some dark places and also makes sure that the screenplay goes deep into the characters lives as the story plays out.

The most interesting side of ‘Lore’ revolves around the character of Thomas. Often during films set in World War II German characters are simply just shown as ‘evil’. Here you see that Lore really has had been ‘educated’ (or should that be ‘brainwashed’) in what Jewish people are really like, in a sense the film explains her hatred for Thomas and other Jews and thanks to the brilliant screenplay the audience can only watch in suspense as they wonder whether or not Lore can ever fully accept Thomas’ offer of help.

‘Lore’ also introduces the audience to two extremely talented young actors. Saskia Rosendahl has star written all over her, in fact she is actually very reminiscent to a young Naomi Watts or Nicole Kidman. She takes this dramatic role and delivers it with ease, and the fact she is likable certainly helps the film draw in its audience. Rosendahl is also well supported by Kai Malina a young actor who also stands out while playing an intense role in the film, he is also someone who looks like they will have a massive future ahead of them.

‘Lore’ is one of the best films to come out of Australia for a long time, it is a sensational film that is a must see for anyone who loves character driven films.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Lore′: Check Episodes #20 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Lore’. Dave Griffiths also has another review of ‘Lore’ available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Rating: 3/5

IMDB Rating:Lore (2012) on IMDb

Zero Dark Thirty

Summary: ZERO DARK THIRTY is a military term meaning half past midnight – the timing of the actual mission to locate and eliminate the world’s most dangerous man, Osama bin Laden. The term also refers to the secrecy that surrounded the decade long mission to track him down.

Deemed the greatest manhunt in history, ZERO DARK THIRTY chronicles the declassified true story of the relentless pursuit by an elite team of intelligence and military operatives, working in secret across the globe.

Director Kathryn Bigelow reteams with her writer/producer from The Hurt Locker to reveal the intricate details behind the gripping chase, culminating with the now infamous raid on May 2, 2011 that ended bin Laden’s reign of terror.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 31st January, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Kathryn Bigelow

Screenwriter: Mark Boal

Cast: Scott Adkins (John), Lee Asquith-Coe (Sean Cohen), John Barrowman (Jeremy), Kyle Chandler (Joseph Bradley), Jessica Chastain (Maya), Jason Clarke (Dan), Jessica Collins (Debbie), Mike Colter (Mike), Mark Duplass (Steve), Joel Edgerton (Patrick), Nash Edgerton (Nate), Jennifer Ehle (Jessica), Homayoun Ershadi (Hassan Ghul), Fares Fares (Hakim), Siaosi Fonua (Henry), James Gandolfini (C.I.A. Director), Tarick Hadouch (Khalid), Noureddine Haijjoujou (Abrar), J.J. Kandel (J.J.), Reda Kateb (Ammar), Taylor Kinney (Jared), Daniel Lapaine (Tim), Fredric Lehne (The Wolf), Yoav Levi (Abu Faraj al-Libbi), Tushaar Mehra (Abu Ahmed), Callan Mulvey (Saber), Harold Perrineau (Jack), Chris Pratt (Justin), Edgar Ramirez (Larry), Lauren Shaw (Lauren), Phil Somerville (Phil), Christopher Stanley (Admiral Bill McCraven), Jeremy Strong (Thomas), Mark Strong (George), Eyad Zoubi (Zied)

Runtime: 157 mins

Classification:M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Review: 

Dave Griffiths’s review for Zero Dark Thirty can currently been found on Helium Entertainment Channel.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Zero Dark Thirty′: Check Episode #18 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Zero Dark Thirty’. Dave’s other review of ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ can be found on the Helium Entertainment Channel

Rating: 4/5

IMDB Rating: Zero Dark Thirty (2012) on IMDb

Summary: Based on the military incursion into Bin Laden s compound from the perspective of a small contingent of Navy SEALS. The film takes a look inside their lives as tensions rise between them until they learn the identity of their latest target, whose code name is Geronimo. A break in the manhunt for Osama Bin Laden serves as the riveting backdrop for a gripping story about the combined efforts of an extraordinary group of Navy Seals. This is the story of a clandestine operation, a perfect storm of people, and the rare synergy of circumstances that would amount to the most daring military operation of our generation, inspired by the true story of how it almost fell apart.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: NA

Australian DVD Release Date: 26th December, 2012

Country: United States

Director: John Stockwell

Screenwriter: Kendall Lampkin

Cast: Sarah Al Jabouri (Tibah), Ashima Bhlla (Sania), Harsh Chhaya (Dr. Afridi), Leonard Claps (Abrar), William Fichtner (Mr. Guidry), Tait Fletcher (D-Punch), Jenny Gabrielle (Tricia), Cam Gigandet (Stunner), Yon Kempton (Bin Laden), Jahan Khalili (Kalid), Rafaella Mark (Farah), Kenneth Miller (Sauce), Anson Mount (Cherry), Kathleen Robertson (Vivian), Freddy Rodriguez (Trench), Rajesh Shringarpore (Wasem), Maninder Singh (Malik), Eddie Kaye Thomas (Christian), Xzibit (Mule), Hani Yahya (Hamza)

Runtime: 90 mins

Classification:MA15+

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Seal Team Six: The Raid On Osama Bin Laden’ Review:

With all the publicity (and hopes of cinema goers around the world) on Kathryn Bigelow’s film ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ which looks at the raid that saw Osama Bin Laden finally killed, it is easy to not realise that as far as filmmakers go she was beaten to the story by another film – a film called ‘Seal Team Six: The Raid On Osama Bin Laden’.

Based on the actual events ‘Seal Team Six: The Raid On Osama Bin Laden’ sees the initial planning from CIA agents such as Vivian (Kathleen Robertson – Down The Road Again, TV’S Boss) and Guidry (William Fichtner – Wrong, TV’S Entourage) put together a plan when they believe they have found the hiding place of international terror suspect Osama Bin Laden. Together the pair work ahead to put together a good enough case that will get President Barack Obama to okay the raid.

The second half of the film that sees Seal Team Six which is made up of seals like Stunner (Cam Gigandet – The Tin Star, Trepass), Cherry (Anson Mount – Safe, TV’S Hell On Wheels), Trench (Freddy Rodriguez – TV’S Kaijudo: Rise Of The Duel Masters & Perception), Mule (Xzibit – Weekends At Bellevue, TV’S Detroit 187) and Sauce (Kenneth Miller – The Company You Keep, Jackie) as they prepare for the biggest mission of their careers.

Perhaps the biggest surprise when it comes to ‘Seal Team Six: The Raid On Osama Bin Laden’ is the fact that it was directed by John Stockwell a man known for making surf films (such as Blue Crush and Into The Blue) rather than ‘war’ films. However, Stockwell doesn’t do such a bad job. Yes the low budget of the film shows through in a few scenes but he certainly does keep the suspense at a high level throughout the film.

Among the better scenes in the film are the ones set during the planning of the raid in the Pentagon. As Vivian comes up with ideas that could see the raid going ahead you can’t help but feel a sense of excitement. These scenes also allow William Fichtner to shine, a rarity as he is normally an actor skulking in the shadows in films such as ‘The Dark Knight’ or ‘Black Hawk Down’. This is clearly his best work since ‘Prison Break’.

As far as television movies go ‘Seal Team Six: The Raid On Osama Bin Laden’ is a pretty good watch. It is held back by its low budget but some good scriptwriting overshadows that.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of Seal Team Six: The Raid On Osama Bin Laden:
http://www.helium.com/items/2394880-seal-team-six-the-raid-on-osama-bin-laden-review

Rating: 3/5 Stars

IMDB Rating: Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden (2012) on IMDb

Summary:It s 1968, and four young, talented Australian aboriginal girls learn about love, friendship and war when their all girl group the sapphires entertain the us troops in Vietnam.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 9th August, 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: 7th December, 2012

Country: Australia

Director: Wayne Blair

Screenwriter: Tony Briggs, Keith Thompson

Cast: Merelyn Adamson (Major Wicks), Tammy Anderson (Evelyn), Don Battee (Myron Ritchie), Kylie Belling (Geraldine), Nioka Brennan (Young Kay), Carlin Briggs (Young Jimmy), Eko Darville (Hendo), Martin Farrugia (Max), Gregory J. Fryer (Selwyn), Georgina Haig (Glynnis), Annette Hodgson (Noelene), Tory Kittles (Robby), Tanika Lonesborough (Young Gail), Judith Lucy (Merle), Miah Madden (Young Julie), Deborah Mailman (Gail), Jessica Mauboy (Julie), Wayne McDaniel (Lou McGarrick), Amy Miller-Porter (Vera), Ava Jean Miller-Porter (Young Cynthia), Rhys Muldoon (Uncle Ed), Koby Murray (Baby Hartley), Lynette Narkle (Nanny Theresa), Chris O’Dowd (Dave), Hunter Page-Lochard (Steve Kayne), T.J. Power (Lt. Jenson), Ben Rodgers (Fish), Jake Ryan (Cochese), Jasper Sarkodee (Pinky), Shari Sebbens (Kay), Miranda Tapsell (Cynthia), Tom Whitechurch (Young Tommy), Cleave Williams (Duggie), Meyne Wyatt (Jimmy Middleton)

Runtime: 103 mins

Classification:PG

Dave Griffiths’s ‘The Sapphires’ Review:

Red Dog started the ball rolling now it seems that other filmmakers have realised that not all Australian films have to be about dark, depressing topics. Certainly director, Wayne Blair (TV’S Lockie Leonard & Redfern Now) has realised that as his feature film directional debut, The Sapphires is an uplifting tale that is guaranteed to please any audience.

Based on real events The Sapphires is about three Aboriginal sisters, Gail (Deborah Mailman – Mabo, TV’S Offspring), Julie (Jessica Mauboy – Bran Nue Dae, TV’S Underbelly) and Cynthia (Miranda Tapsell – Mabo, TV’S Magical Tales) who dream about escaping the Aboriginal mission they call home and making it big as singers.

The dream seems fair fetched as they live in a racist outback town but when failed musician Dave (Chris O’Dowd – Friends With Kids, Bridesmaids) he decides to manage them, patch up differences with their cousin, Kay (Shari Sebbens – Violet) and then help them win a competition that will see them perform for the troops in Vietnam.

Thanks to a brilliant screenplay The Sapphires is able to provide the audience with a variety of comedy, drama and music. The film does go into some pretty deep subjects such as racism and tribal acceptance yet never once do you feel that the message is completely in your face.

With The Sapphires Wayne Blair also announces himself as one of Australia’s most promising directors. Together with cinematographer Warwick Thornton (who directed the brilliant Samson & Delilah) he makes this film look stunning on the big screen. Credit must be paid to both of them for making the Vietnam war scenes look so realistic despite a small budget.

The film does have some flaws, at times the story and some of the acting verge on being weak, but this is largely overshadowed by an amazing soundtrack and some brilliant performances by the films leads. Deborah Mailman again shows why she is one of Australia’s finest actors while Chris O’Dowd mixes comedy and drama together brilliantly in what is the best performance of his career so far. They are also well supported by Jessica Mauboy who is beginning to show that she is a talented actress as well as an amazing singer.

The Sapphires is an amazing film that works on all levels. The fact that it mixes music, drama and comedy together so well makes it an absolute gem.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘The Sapphires’: http://www.helium.com/items/2358683-movie-reviews-the-sapphires-2012

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

IMDB Rating:The Sapphires (2012) on IMDb

Summary: When Dalton Joiner, a young soldier in Vietnam, gets dumped by his hometown girlfriend Jane, he vows to sneak home during the war to win her back. His best buddy, Mickey Wright, never one to miss out on a wild time, decides to go with him. They must get back to America, change her mind and return to the war without getting caught. The two soldiers end up at the University of Michigan, where they find Jane, now Juniper, and her stunning and passionate new friend Candace, right in the heart of the counter culture and the anti-war movement. During one week in July 1969, while the rest of the world focuses on man s first steps on the moon, Wright and Joiner learn the true meaning of love, honor and commitment..

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: N/A

Australian DVD Release Date: 5th December, 2012

Country: United States

Director: Danny Mooney

Screenwriter: Jim Burnstein, Garrett K. Schiff

Cast: Max Adler (Burns), Michael Ellison (Ray), Julian Gant (Franklin), Liam Hemsworth (Mickey Wright), Chris Lowell (Peter), Chase Maser (Sanchez), Gordon Michaels (Captain Sinclair), Chris Newman (Lieutenant Johnson), Teresa Palmer (Candace), Delvon Roe (Isaac), Wyatt Russell (Topher), Lauren Mae Shafer (Meredith), Austin Stowell (Dalton Joiner), Aimee Teegarden (Juniper/Jane), Ricky Wayne (Officer Whiteside)

Runtime: 92 mins

Classification:M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Love And Honor’ Review:

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Love And Honor’ Review can be found at http://www.helium.com/items/2394733-love-honor-review

Rating: 3/5 Stars

IMDB Rating: Love and Honor (2012) on IMDb

Summary: Leopold Socha, a sewer worker and petty thief in Lvov, a Nazi occupied city in Poland, one day encounters a group of Jews trying to escape the liquidation of the ghetto. He hides them for money in the labyrinth of the town’s sewers beneath the bustling activity of the city above. What starts out as a straightforward and cynical business arrangement turns into something very unexpected, the unlikely alliance between Socha and the Jews as the enterprise seeps deeper into Socha’s conscience.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 26th July, 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: 28th November, 2012

Country: Poland, Germany, Canada

Director: Agnieszka Holland

Screenwriter: Robert Marshall (book), David F. Shamoon

Cast: Joachim Paul Assbock (Nowak), Milla Bankowicz (Krystyna Chiger), Marcin Bosak (Yanek Weiss), Benedict Crisand (Daniel), Benno Furmann (Mundek Margulies), Piotr Glowacki (Icek Frankel), Agnieszka Grochowska (Klara Keller), Julia Kijowska (Chaja), Herbert Knaup (Ignacy Chiger), Frank-Michael Kobe (Wilhaus), Anton Lewit (Max), Alexandre Levit (Kovalev), Ida Lozinska (Rachela Grossman), Andrzej Mastalerz (Sawicki), Aleksander Mincer (Szlomo Landsberg), Aniela Nykowska (Anielka), Zofia Pieczynska (Stefcia Socha), Kinga Preis (Wanda Socha), Maria Schrader (Paulina Chiger), Maria Semotiuk (Mania Keller), Krzysztof Skonieczny (Szczepek), Oliwer Stanczak (Pawel Chiger), Etl Szyv (Szona Grossman), Jerzy Walczak (Jacob Berestycki), Robert Wieckiewicz (Leopold Socha), Michael Zurawski (Bortnik)

Runtime: 145 mins

Classification: MA15+

Dave Griffiths’s ‘In Darkness’ Review:

Over the years there have been some heart-wrenching films about the Holocaust. Joining that long list comes new thriller In Darkness which sees director Agnieszka Holland (TV’S The Killing & Treme) mix just the right amount of characterization, story and suspense to make this an excellent watch.

Based on a true story In Darkness begins with sewer worker Leopold Socha (Robert Wieckiewicz – Courage, Maiden Vows) and his colleague, Szczepek (Krzysztof Skonieczny – Yuma, Maraton Tanca) viewing the war as the perfect opportunity for them to commit a number of robberies in a bid to bring in extra wages.

Then when Socha meets up with Bortnik (Michal Zurawski – Kac Wawa, Los Numeros), an old friend who is now part of the Ukrainian Militia (who have teamed up with the Nazis) he learns that money can be made hunting down Jews and turning them over to the officials.

However, when Socha finds a group of Jews desperate for escape his plan changes when they offer to pay him to hide them in the sewers. Despite the threat to himself, his wife Wanda (Kinga Preis – Rose, Suicide Room) and Szczepek he decides that hiding them is the best thing to do.

One of the things that makes In Darkness such a fascinating watch is the brilliant way that screenwriter, David F. Shamoon (newcomer) brings the characters to life on the screen. Unlike some Holocaust films in the past he gives the Jewish characters really characterization and personalities. He even takes the huge gamble of having some unlikeable characters (such as a cheating husband and a drug addict), but despite this they are characters that the audience come to love and care for. The fact that this occurs makes the directors job of building suspense even more easy, as there is no way any audience member wants to see anything bad happen to these characters.

Of course Holland also finds other ways to build the suspense. The way he captures the claustrophobic feel of the sewers is enough to make anybody feel at unease and at times the high drama of the film literally has the audience gasping for breath.

Holland has also picked an incredibly cast for In Darkness and while all the performances are extremely high credit must be paid to Robert Wieckiewicz who is brilliant throughout. He is also well supported by Kinga Preis who plays his onscreen wife.

In Darkness is a gut wrenching film that is equal to Schindler’s List when searching for a truth-based Holocaust film.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘In Darkness’:
http://www.helium.com/items/2354094-movie-reviews-in-darkness-2011

Rating: 4/5 Stars

IMDB Rating: In Darkness (2011) on IMDb