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Dark Blue World (2001)


Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 58
Fresh: 36
Rotten: 22

Critics Consensus: While it's better than Pearl Harbor, Dark Blue World still spends too much time on a trite love triangle.

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 21
Fresh: 14
Rotten: 7

Critics Consensus: While it's better than Pearl Harbor, Dark Blue World still spends too much time on a trite love triangle.


Average Rating: 3.8/5
User Ratings: 3,630



Movie Info

The friendship of two men is tested by war, political upheaval, and romantic rivalry in this drama from Czech filmmaker Jan Sverak, whose Kolya became an international success. Lt. Franta Slama (Ondrej Vetchy) is a top pilot in the Czech Air Force who is assigned to train a promising young flier, Karel Vojtisek (Krystof Hadek). Franta and Karel both share a great enthusiasm for the thrill of blazing across the sky, and they become fast friends; however, when Nazi Germany invades Czechoslovakia, … More

R (for sexuality/nudity)
Directed By:
Written By:
Zdenek Sverák
In Theaters:
May 28, 2002
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Dark Blue World

All Critics (72) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (36) | Rotten (22) | DVD (14)

It's a fitting requiem for heroes forgotten.

Full Review… | July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Looks like the Eastern European version of director Michael Bay's popcorn epic from last summer.

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Dark Blue World almost feels like three scripts rolled into one.

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

A bittersweet world, and it's frankly one to which we've been before, but seldom do we see it rendered with such exquisite, if pained, craftsmanship.

April 5, 2002
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Dark Blue World's warm story and beautiful photography almost hits the mark, and it has a great ending.

Full Review… | March 7, 2002
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Pearl Harbor without the product placements, without the Hollywood bombast, and certainly without the $100-million-plus budget.

February 28, 2002
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

A complex story with a number of twists, it possesses a fatalism uncommon in American films.

Full Review… | July 5, 2002
Des Moines Register

The love triangle seems lifted out of "Pearl Harbor", and if there's a war movie from which you don't want to take inspiration, it's that one.

May 21, 2002

Ondrej Vetchý is impressive as the stoic Franta.

Full Review… | April 15, 2002

Dark Blue World is a human war movie without flag-waving -- a relief these days.

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Jam! Movies

Solid writing and endearing performances steer it clear of the usual mawkish traps.

March 1, 2002
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

More bleak and certainly more hushed than the relatively bombastic Pearl Harbor, but they both tell a war-movie plot staple in approximately the same way.

Full Review… | March 1, 2002
Sacramento Bee

Takes an astounding piece of history and squanders it in cliches, sentimentality and cheap dramatics.

Full Review… | March 1, 2002

A tale that's tragic, funny and compelling.

Full Review… | March 1, 2002
Charlotte Observer

Between the complicated flashback structure and the hackneyed story (it's essentially the plot of Pearl Harbor), the Sveraks never get much momentum going, and the film becomes monotonous.

Full Review… | February 25, 2002
Sacramento News & Review

The Sveráks have made a glorious, tremendously knowing film.

Full Review… | February 17, 2002
Flick Filosopher

This Czech-made drama demonstrates that American filmmakers haven't completely cornered the market on hackneyed World War II romances.

Full Review… | February 15, 2002
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Fitzgerald is a fine bit of Brit, the men are truly men, England shines, the sky is streaked with courage. And attention is owed.

Full Review… | February 1, 2002
San Diego Union-Tribune

Audience Reviews for Dark Blue World

Compelling and well crafted movie that tells the little-known true story of heroic pilots for whom WWII never really ended.

Krystof Hádek is outstanding, I continue to be impressed with the quality of Czech actors and films.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

Well unfortunately for the 2001 film "Pearl Harbor", I think I have found a film that beat it in being more engaging and more dramatic, despite a less-popcorn movie feel, and the non-100 million dollar budget!

Dark Blue World, or (Tmavomodry svet), isn't going to win you with high priced action scenes and effects, but it will get you with a lucid story line, that is drenched in heartfelt dialouge and makes you feel pride.

So what about the acting? Well of course this film is forgien and includes both Czech and English dialouge, but you can still really feel that they know what they are doing on screen and are just as good as our Hollywood counterparts, and maybe , especcialy in this film, maybe even better then some of them.

The score was rather impressive , although it wasn't as good I expected, but rather still as good as I was hoping. It really meshed well in the right action scenes, mellowing out when it was a really good time for it to slow down.

Yes, somehow this film kept me thouroghly enganged throughout, and I rather found this film as a little gem for my collection. I am not sure why, but this film is a film in which you never hear of it, but when you do, you can't stop not hearing about it, from yourself!

Joseph Eastmond

Super Reviewer

A Czech film about Czech fighter pilots flying for the R.A.F in world war two, the immediate build up and the aftermath. I found it very interesting to see this inspiring and also tragic tale from a Czech perspective. Fans of war films will obviously like it but there's a great deal here of a human and historical nature to fulfil a wider appeal too.

The Shrewlord

Super Reviewer

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