On August 15, 1944 the 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team (PRCT) jumped over the south of France. Their mission was to support and protect the Allied Troops marching to Berlin. Landing ... See full summary »
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On August 15, 1944 the 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team (PRCT) jumped over the south of France. Their mission was to support and protect the Allied Troops marching to Berlin. Landing in enemy territory, they fell under immediate attack. In their effort to complete the mission and rendez-vous with their unit, three isolated paratroopers come across a group of French resistants in desperate need. They decide to help liberate some of the captive Partisans. Doing so they will risk their lives. Written by
Basic WWII film that loosely follows a character called Deacon through his journey to meet up with his Battalion.
When I watched the first Saints and Soldiers I was impressed, it was better than most WWII films containing some good actions sequences and a story that successfully touched on the implications of war on people.
Naturally when I saw Saints and Soldiers Airborne Creed I was hoping it would live up to or exceed the first film. I have been left disappointed though. A positive I will give to the film is that for a low budget movie, it is not noticeable reflecting the good work of the director and so forth.
I found the plot all but absent though, the only constant throughout the film is the character of Deacon but even then the "story" strays away from him in a failed effort to try and shed some light on other characters. The film just felt like a sequence of events that built up to nothing, no lessons to be learned etc. When the credits rolled I literally went "is that it?" I'm not a man who needs a nice clear ending but I do think if someone tells a story I should come away having learned something, Saints and Soldiers failed to that for me.
I think the lesson of the movie was meant to be the stereotypical one of all soldiers being normal human beings and the only difference between enemy and ally is a uniform. However the opening scene took away from this somewhat, and certain lines about Nazi's also dehumanized the film which proved counter-productive to the lesson I assume the film was trying to tell me.
I though the acting was hit and miss in the film as well, I found it really unimpressive during the first half of the film but the second half was better and the performances given by the actors were more emotional and compelling. I thought the guy who played Deacon was good in the first Saints and Soldiers but then again he didn't say much, in this one he is more of a character but sometimes his delivery of lines seem a bit flat.
I don't really like being a negative reviewer especially for a low budget film that in terms of cinematography was done very nicely. However the story was a huge let down and the acting a little bit bland at times. I bought the DVD for £1.99 and on reflection that was probably a good price to pay, any higher than £3-4 and I would feel as if the film hadn't been worth watching.
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