Saints and Soldiers: Airborne Creed Reviews
December 6, 2014
A war movie made by people who think war is the same as video war games on Playstation.
October 9, 2014
It's not going to win any awards and it's rather cliche at times, but it is a totally watchable movie that WWII flick fans will enjoy.
May 4, 2014
the action scenes are appallingly inaccurate, no one, even on day 1 of basic training, would walk across the middle of an open field! As for the nazis in disguise, that is just awful rubbish.
I wholeheartedly agree with the comment "what's the point?". If this is billed as a prequel then there is no continuity with the 2003 film and whilst the ending scene is heart-warming it just serves to emphasise the disconnected nature of all that went before it.
It is great to see a WW2 film where, even with a low budget, money was spent on accurate props, and as my father (a British WW2 veteran) used to complain about most Hollywood efforts, this film does not dwell overly long on how the USA won the war single handedly. Overall this is a film to watch once and to be commended for its props, but not one I will add to my collection - glad I saw it on TV rather than having to pay to watch it!
November 17, 2013
Authentic Army gear and vehicles don't make up for the nonexistent story.
April 13, 2012
Not as good as the first, but still enjoyable.
October 6, 2013
Absolutely abysmal war movie with strange misplaced Christian undertones. The story is embarrassingly bad and the acting actually made me cringe in my seat at times. Avoid at any cost!
October 1, 2013
OK movie but missing it wouldn't have left a hole in my life. Most people wouldn't have noticed but I trained on the M1 rifle half a century ago and the actors didn't have their trigger finger in the right position. The US tank was not a Sherman. Shooting an unsighted carbine 100 yards and hitting two coke bottles seems real unlikely, especially standing, At least the Jeeps were authentic. Also the paratroopers didn't jump with M1 Garands, they used the carbine which only one of them carried. That the soldiers fought in Italy was accurate but I don't believe the Germans disguised as Americans were operating in Operation Dragoon. To the best of my knowledge they were a Battle of the Bulge creation which the 517th did fight in. The 517th was active in some of the heaviest fighting in WWII Europe. Some people will like the movie which has human value and others will find it a yawn. I fall in the middle of the spectrum partly because the inaccuracies distracted me.
June 28, 2013
A little unpredictable, acting good and last seen is really touching!
June 6, 2013
This movie is full of so many military inaccuracies that it was laughable. They really should have hired ANYONE with prior military experience to be a consultant. The combat scenes were a joke especially the scene of the French girl and the soldier having target practice in the middle of a war zone and giving away their positions. The last straw were the assault on the Panzer tank and the German officer left to walk away without being taken as a POW. So many court martial offenses that it would make a good training film for the JAG corps. What a waste of my time. Can I have the one hour of my life back? (I couldn't finish it.)
June 5, 2013
Behind the low budget effects and action scenes there is fantastic acting and a tear jerking moment at the end.
April 10, 2013
Very stereotypical WWII film. The acting was stiff and pretty bad overall. A few of the plot "twists" were just plain stupid.
April 12, 2013
Not a great film, but not a bad film either. A bit low budget at times but does the job and is a quite entertaining small squad movie. I'd give it a 3.5/5 if half ratings were allowed.
|Andrew C. D||
April 6, 2013
War movies are better with minimal special effects.
March 1, 2013
It was a nice and religious war movie. But not better than first and it was not sequel. and it was not Mormon movie too! War battle action scenes were pretty good, sometimes funny and message was nice. and French girl was cute and funny! But no surprise and no twist ending. If you liked Saints and Soldiers, maybe you'll be disappointed like me... Bl-ray's HD picture quality was amazing!
February 12, 2013
Very good movie,i loved the scene with the disguised GIs.I do have to say it is strange as hell to see Deacon go from playing a "saint" to a gung ho half wit with a stupid mohawk,but that being said i loved this movie too.
January 8, 2013
It is okay..to me, reminds me of saving private Ryan, at the end i wanna know if that french girl got married to that paratrooper.
November 26, 2012
This movie was less war and more of a story of the French Resistance... It should have been called the French Resistance....
November 23, 2012
YAAAWN! Dialogue is forced, slow, like bad stage acting. Either the editing's bad or they didn't have much to work with, I couldn't make it thru 20 minutes
November 14, 2012
Saint and Soldiers was a small World War II film, released in 2003 as an independent film made here in Utah. The film did not make a lot of money ($1.3M on a 700k budget) but did decently on DVD; its personalized depiction of the Malmedy massacre during the Battle of the Bulge, its religious overtones, drew it great praise, the film winning fourteen best picture awards across various festivals. Now nine years later we have a sequel (actually a prequel) to the film with the subtitle "Airborne Creed" again starring Corbin Allred this time as Rossi (not sure if they are to be the same character as they have different names).
Now, the first film focused on Battle of the Bulge, this second film focused on Operation Dragoon, which is the paratrooper invasion of Southern France post D-Day. Essentially what happens is the 517th Paratrooper Regiment gets dropped and they find themselves separated and far from their drop point. As they strive to meet up they run into French Resistance, armored German units, combined with flashbacks of their stories, including the resistance, as they try to find the rest of their unit.
This film is meant to be a small-scale war film. Like the first it is not there to tell a massive Saving Private Ryan story, instead its a small more personal tale of soldiers, each of course with religious overtones. I believe this has a very important place in films as its an era of religion and honor that we have not had in quite a while. This film emphasizing that not only with religious overtones but also the repetition of the 'airborne creed' itself.
The story is small, I will say that now, when it was done my reaction was, is that all? What was the point? Reading other reviews for this film, other people agree with my sentiment. What was the point of this film? I believe that several things affected this film. First of all the first film was a novelty and there was a controversy as the film got an R rating, despite the directors (Ryan Little is LDS), trying to get a PG-13 rating. The reason behind the original film's ORIGINAL R rating was thus:
"The majority of the people who bought this are probably aware that Saints and Soldiers, when it was originally rated, received a "R" rating. And as we went through that process, for lack of a better term, went to war with the MPAA to find out what it was that we did that constituted a "R" rating, this was one of those scenes that came to them. And again, it came to personalized violence. They said, you care about these characters, and to see them die in a horrific way is worthy of this rating."
After seeing the original my thoughts were, "really? that warranted an R-rating?" But their reasoning is there and there was a controversy with it. (See: Source)
This film is toned down though looks clean and very well filmed. I am not familiar with France but due to the small scale of the film, it did not really take away, even though I am sure that is Utah or at least near Utah. There are several scenes of action that work well and then others that are way too choppy, one example being a hand to hand action scene that obviously shows that the actors either cannot fight or the director cannot film action, as it is cut after cut after cut and quite annoying. But for the most part the filming is just fine.
Acting wise, its very adequate. A lot of the characters are very idealistic and its a bit too gung-go but like Red Tails earlier this year, jingoistic films are not terrible and these characters and the actors working with them are just fine. The standout is Lincoln Hoppe who plays the German character Erich Neumann (he too was in Saints and Soldiers as a German soldier). Too bad his story arc just ends right when you feel so good for him but I wont stay on this. Alas this film with its "what was the point" ends several story arcs in ways that may be true to the tale it wants to tell (I assume just like the original this is based off a real story and it was released in November for Veterans Day), but left me not satisfied.
This is a film I would say see if you like World War 2 films, have some time, and want to support independent films. It has a 94 minute run time so it does not overstay its welcome long (if at all). Alas its just not as good as I would like or it could have been being a followup to a multiple award winning film. I give Saints and Soldiers Airborne Creed a 6/10.