Defiance

Defiance

a sociologist's dream... - Brian

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Viewer Rating:Brian has rated Defiance rating: 3 Star

By its very nature, Defiance is a movie that has an incredible story driving its narrative; so, it seems as if it would be hard to "get it wrong," in a sense. While Zwick tells the story of a community of Jews surviving the Belorussian wilderness in the midst of World War II fairly competently, there isn't much here that can't be found in other classics that deal with this particular time period. In fact, the most fascinating aspect of the film is watching a group of 3 expand into a self-sufficient society. Defiance (oddly enough) feels more like a case study of how individuals jockey for power when separated from just about all external influences. Sociologists will no doubt find it fascinating to watch two intellectuals isolate themselves from the collective whole and discuss politics, etc. while others act as bullies for things as simple as a larger portion of food. While this is all thought-provoking, I didn't have an overwhelming sense that human will can triumph over anything as one might expect from such a plot. The film seemed trapped in a purgatory of sorts, hovering somewhere between a scientific analysis of how communities are started (and subsequently evolve) and what it means to be human and exercise control--I'm leaving that purposely ambiguous--in the face of daunting odds. There's nothing inherently wrong with exploring both of these, but, in the case of Defiance, it seemed like it was being stretched far too thin. So, is this worth paying $10+ to see at a theater? No. Is it worth a rental? Yes, if for nothing more than to gain a little more insight into what your sociology professor was trying to explain while you tried not to drool on your desk.

Review published on the 30 January 2009 12:26

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Join a bloody forum - Avi Kaufmann

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