Defiance: DVD Review
Cast: Daniel Craig, Live Schreiber, Jamie Bell
Released by Roadshow Entertainment
Daniel Craig swaps Bond's tux for the grizzly outdoors look in Defiance.
He's one of the Bielski trio of brothers who live in 1941 Belorussia and find
their lives changed forever, once the Germans invade during World War II.
After seeing his family killed Tuvia (the steely eyed Craig) grabs the rest
of them and heads to the woods to see if they can survive - one narrow escape
later and suddenly this band of brothers is attracting other stragglers to come
and live with them - whether they want it or not.
As the community grows, factions grow between the brothers as they try and
keep their freedom. Schreiber's Zus wants to fight the Germans and repel the
invaders; Tuvia wants to hold the community together.
But as the Nazis get ever closer, the brothers' find their loyalties to each
other, the community and their country are tested beyond belief - can they
Director Ed Zwick (The Last Samurai, Blood Diamond) does a good job of
holding them all together - but after the initial attacks, the pace of the film
slows a little and it begins ever so slightly to drag.
Schreiber, Bell and Craig are all good in this tale of family, honour and
vengeance but it's Zwick who fails to accurately nail the pace - and despite
some of the ideas on show here about how far you go for your beliefs (Craig's
Tuvia finds he can't take a soft approach and be an effective leader), it's only
thanks to the performances that the film's saved.