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Have I missed the point of this story?
I have recently watched this story and have now read the reviews. My take on the ending seems to have missed the point if the other reviewers are accurate.
I am reminded vaguely of a movie made many years ago with Timothy Bottoms and Donald Sutherland. Yes I had to look it up to get this right. It in my misty memory is a tale about a very seriously injured WW 1 soldier. We are here also treated to the many MENTAL visions with dialogue.
While I don't think that we as viewers were deliberately given real clues. The tale just goes along with our hero and the potential love interest having a bad time with the stereotypical bad and hard people.
The end tells me the THICKO that our story teller like in so many tales is either dead or in a seriously injured condidtion. In this case I feel that he like our man Joe in 'Johnny Got His Gun' mentioned earlier is living an unreal life due to memories imagined but we are privy at the end of the movie to a reality remembered as opposed to a reality created within an injured mind.
Dreams tend to have a staggered unrelated sequence of events.
The 'bad' tough men were his military colleagues, perhaps now dead, the operating theatre nurse his love interest the surgeons his torturers. I do not know about illegal drug affects but I was on legal serious medication for a few months post hospitalization and I remember having many seemingly realistic dreams. Some may call them out of body experiences.
With my feeling that this is what was being told then the poor acting seen by so many is irrelevant. I am being told probably an all too typical in this age of young men being sent for slaughter in a difficult to understand the reasons why conflict area. Waking up periodically in a situation they cannot recognise. For that reason alone I feel that the film story is a little better than middling.
I am not anti USA as such but at times it does take a lot to completely feel good towards them when certain combat reports are broadcast considering we in the UK are not only tarred with the same brush but have so many wishing to emulate perceived behaviour as in the movies. That was just to let anyone reading know that I have no political axe to grind. I served my own country for many many years both as military and latterly as part of the correction services.
I do hope my take on the intended storyline is accurate.
Re-enactment?? some spoilers
I was also disappointed somewhat. Considering the 30 minutes they were supposed to have it seemed there was no urgency to the mission once on the ground. This did seem like a reenactment group acting out a small part of the D DAY preliminaries. Pathfinders do have a difficult task and as suggested can be the making or breaking of planned mission.
This crack German unit seemed lightweight on the ground and very spread out. Germans also make a lot of noise with the tinkling metal ware thank goodness.
Was the rucksack containing the transmitting equipment held together with VELCRO????.
Dialogue was really pathetic and inane but I think we were being treated to the anecdotal memories of some of the group being played out.
No one should ever doubt the commitment of this sort of modern warrior. However I doubt if any one leaving the cinema after this performance would have thought too much about the real story behind this.
Having been brought up on so many British post war movies about actual events this does not come up to muster as a worthwhile watch. Had it been shown as a DOCUDRAMA with a great deal of narrators voice over script and better background music pieces it would have been a more worthwhile and a WW 2 educational watch.
Regarding the acting. I did not see anything of any note. I did think that the vehicles shown in the early part of the story sounded too good to be true. Very smooth and quiet running trucks.
I don't know how anyone gave above a three
This makes forty year old ,poor, slasher/gore etc movies look like genuine classic pieces of work.
I was glued to the screen because my carer left me in my multifunctional wheelchair to go upstairs and entertain my partner. They were clever enough to have switched the battery off so I could not call for them to switch the torture off.
Seriously I wonder what proper paid critics made of this.
Many years ago when I saw the early slash gore movies which included Texas Chainsaw Massacre and the Jason and Halloween stuff I was amazed at the low standard of acting then. But in hindsight I see that if anyone is impressed with this 'Scarce' in any way it means that the old stuff were works of masters.
I noticed that the 'Slob' was getting a hard on for one of the potential meals. That might have, if followed through been useful as his 'climax' might have been better than the storyline ending.
All well and good these endings where the victims die and the perpetrators are able to continue but just who is telling the story? The previous plausible ,as a piece of entertaining cinema, human 'cannibal' story I saw was 'RAVENOUS' but then we are talking about a completely different movie making and acting playing field.
This SCARCE is selling in shops you know as a so called legitimate piece of movie entertainment.
BTW the 'snowboarding references' completely passed me by. I would have expected them to involve these bits of wood as part of the viewable story to show their skills,(they rode the bikes in THE HILLS HAVE EYES) and also as part of the escape.
I wonder if I could move with a seriously compounded fracture of my tibia especially after so much torture and having my back exposed in something akin to the unpleasant beginnings of a VIKING style blood eagle torture.
I also wonder if the three depraved cannibals knew about the less than 'chef Ramsay' abilities of the local diner cook and his thieving floor staff. The ability to even chop up a piece of meat etc seemed beyond the actor and director to make look realistic.
If Rich Hall a now estranged US comedian who lives VERY HAPPILY in London ,ENGLAND, ever gets to see this he might change his critical opinion on how a great movie 'deliverance' did no favours for how we view the south of the USA and its redneck community. This stereotyped the interbred hill billy picture of the south. What does this , Scarce, tale do in that case. The rape of the 'ugliest' of the friends in Deliverence is nothing in comparison to what this director is telling us could happen should our sat-nav let us down near the everglades etc.
I don't know whether this has put me off Canada or is it Colorado?
Why did the 'slob' have a great need for the food parcels so lovingly put together by our 'not so crack shot' with his perfect Lee Enfield. He had a cellar full of potential meat SOME of them I could have had a good go at eating myself, gently of course and ensuring their survival for my many daily visits. Just in case that should show any discrimination on my part they would have been the ones which had fleshy chests.
Considering the area and the weather conditions it is obvious that the USA is using far too much of the worlds carbon resources as the number of nude yet not cold individuals in this tale shows the UBER waste of heating fuel by POOR peoples. It also showed that American Snow etc or even Canadian snow is not as severe as our one day a year British snow where a few minutes induces frostbite and death from exposure very quickly. I don't think our fully fit and fully equipped SAS could have got as far as the blood angel broken legged tortured individual when given his freedom.
I am just surprised that anyone has thought there were any redeeming qualities to this work other than the British look of the first of our cannibal rednecks teeth.
Now I know why some in the US are against a sort of national health service envisaged by Obama. It's to stop rednecks having access to a decent health care and a need to cull the stupid people ( the victims) from the gene pool.
To watch a movie where cannibalism is not the main theme but hunting a released hostage is the end game for a few cruel middle class respectable young American males look out OPEN SEASON 1974 with (an aged) William Holden and Peter Fonda.
Little gore or blood but a good watch.
Brother's War (2009)
the hills have eyes meets last days of ww2
Overall I have to agree that as a movie with so much entertainment and potential greatness suggested by the cover this was a let down of sorts.
The production reminded me more of a docudrama informative but that even failed to make me believe any potential revelations being told.
I feel that the main nut of the story (BROTHERS) was the telling of a deeper linking of minds of the Brotherhood in the middle of a terrible war. Moments of this were shown but so little it might well have been missed.
Too many interesting tit bits got bogged down in this telling which might have been better suited to being 'televised' as a mini series with each piece of this story being given its own airing.
We saw examples of the baser sides of the German and Russian military machine but at the end we see how the US soldier is obedient when our fleeing heroes are caught in a crossfire situation which would surely have resulted in their accidental 'execution'
If anything we are invited to believe in the sheer doggedness of the severely wounded LOYAL Russian but EVIL Colonel on the trail of a potentially very sensitive leak which could affect the post war settlements.
The nit picking. Panzer is Tank so really if we were using English as our base language the dialogue would have used the word TANK not Panzer. Both are generic names. Think 'Panzergrenadier' as this is a supporting infantryman of an armoured unit. I don't think we have an equivalent job description as such in the US or GB.
Usage of each others weapons. Tommy guns were a popular pick up item. The German Mauser or browning pistol also prized. Battle reenactment possible only by the use of lovingly restored vehicles and beggars cant be choosers.
I don't see how the music grabbed anyones attention as it was at times too much and too loud and pointless reminding me of those afternoon regurgitated American drama series with mostly only upper body camera work and long dialogues telling our story with so very little action of any kind including facial movements.
This story also mentioned the word brother quite often before the meeting of the two masons.
If there was a story of some truths here I am sure it was written in a different way so the fault would lie with the translation to screen.
Yes stereotypical villains to point of almost comedy, and the on off use of accents to suggest language (I wasn't annoyed by the British accent it took Hugh Daly 38 years to cultivate this and he still spends time in the UK to keep up to date with the lingo).
The last laugh was at the end when our German survivor managed to have an interview with did no one notice ?? Bernard Law ---------- fill in the last name and good o'l Ike themselves. Oh the artistic license. This is who our dying Brit Parachutist Major wanted his vital information to passed on to.
The activities of the Russian are being brought to light all the time and are uncomfortable facts which are not appreciated. Churchill was always somewhat dubious about the attitudes of this nations leaders but was kept out of some talks by the Roosevelt Stalin team).
I suppose I could have watched the UK offering of the X Factor.
It was however badly directed and told.
2012 Doomsday (2008)
There was a fairly decent plot hidden in this
I thought that the eventual usage of our perception of the Incas knowledge base of things happening over very long periods of time could have been used to good purpose. I understand the movie/book idea of the faithless getting back the faith in supernatural tales. I also understand a lot of our appreciation of anything goes to a degree in this type of end of world movie. I have however perhaps dulled my movie senses because I only watched the Happening last night which also could have been handled a lot better but this did nearly make me sleep. I thought a lot of the acting was very forced and at times very unnatural. The movie did seem to be slowing down along with our dear planet to allow for inane and perhaps irrelevant dialogue padding as the story progressed. I missed out why the crucifix thing had been moved away from its rightful place. In reality I would think it having been sent to Spain for melting down in the 16th or 17th century would have sealed the worlds fate. Surely the water movement would have been very pronounced at the beginning of the slowdown? I would agree this may have been some half baked attempt to encourage respect for the Lord God but I fear it has really made any discerning viewer think that the Pagan sacrificial faiths of South American may be nearer the truth about the Great Architect Of the Universe.
It was a poor showing.
Probably greatly sanitised
Not having access to all of the documents in this sort of documentary means that the information is received as given. Being a lapsed anything is not a useful comment. The inquisition happened. This documentary was shown as part of the Catholic churches desire to be in complete control and those who have had the PRIVELDGE of having this as the cornerstone of their eventual personality will normally try to defend most criticism.
Had this story been told in conjunction with our now well documented tale about our great Christian Crusades, the destruction of any section holding differing views of the Christian 'fairy' tale like the Cathars, the alleged riches of the Templars, the Catholic attempts to bring down for example the young protestant state of England with assassination of Elizabeth, James 1, the attempts to cause regime change in the 1700s with the Jacobite risings a pattern of Catholic influence could be easily seen in its desire to bring back its need for world control. I would assume it is through the Catolic church that Napoleon was considered as an early anti-Christ.
Going further back in time we are being advised about the beginnings of control by the Pauline version of the word being defended by the destruction of those sects which did not agree all the way back to the beginnings of Christianity.
I am a now lapsed eyes opened Christian who can plainly see how the CHURCH in its desire for control invented and was allowed to use its inventions if the state also benefited. Here it was the tortuous behaviour of its inquisitors shown in this series. Would we class these men today as GOOD men. Don't forget how we feel about those who though well intentioned drilled holes or used electricity as cures for various illnesses.
The veracity of all of the information in this documentary of course can be doubted but the Catholic church does not have a great history in its tolerance of anything deviating from its dogmatic teachings. Its clergy who commit the greatest of sins are still kept within its folds and protected yet open criticism causes excommunication.
To see the similarities shown in the documentary about the treatment of the Jewish population by Spain shows that it has always been so very easy to create a false bogeyman. I wonder how the Jews were treated in Spain when the Fascist party took over in the 1930s.
Remember that the young Protestant nations in Britain were still coming to terms with its old feelings regarding Witchcraft. Another left over from Catholic teachings.