Saints and Soldiers: Airborne Creed Reviews

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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.
November 11, 2012
waste of time, could not watch all of it, honestly dont know how these movies ever find light of day.
October 27, 2012
crap movie...waste of power....
October 22, 2012
Better than i thought.....
October 3, 2012
I like the nazi dude.
September 22, 2012
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. 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 risk their lives.
September 12, 2012
Excellent film, I have already seen it twice. Well done. You will not be disappointed.
September 9, 2012
I was expecting the SAINTS AND SOLDIERS AIRBORNE CREED movie to be similar to the first Saint and Soldiers, it didn't focus on one character and his story, as it did in the first movie, but should how the soldiers in their own way became Paratroopers. I liked the movie because it was not like other world war two movies which focused on the violence but it showed the soldiers and how compaisson can change a person. I was a very mellow movie with out a lot of action but it was heartfelt. I would recomend seeing the movie once at least wether you see it in the movie theater or through red box.
August 18, 2012
This was a very moving production. Well written, powerful story telling.
½ September 1, 2012
This movie was terrible, poorly written, historically inaccurate and boring, I would not recommend it to anyone.
August 2, 2012
A gem of a movie, and well-acted: Corbin Allred, Jasen Wade, Dave Nibley, Virginia Fourtina Anderson, Nichelle Aiden, Lincoln Hoppe! Masterful work!
August 25, 2012
As far as acting, it wasn't to convincing at parts. As far as the story line and the concept, it was brilliant! I have a deep respect for soldiers and though war is tragic, it's nice to see acts of mercy and kindness as shown in a couple of parts of this film.
August 24, 2012
I totally thought this was such a cute movie!!!!
August 23, 2012
Looks very interesting
August 22, 2012
I saw This at a Reenactment Movie Premier.. I have not seen the first one but after watching this i really want to !! This was a great film
August 22, 2012
Just as emotionally involving as the first! Powerful film
August 20, 2012
I loved the feel, and the look of the film, but most of all I loved the story. Note: This is the Southern France Campaign, which was not nearly as intense as the Normandy Campaign. Also, if you love MTV style movies and have to have everything spelled out for you this is not your movie., it is not fast paced, but I really enjoyed it and thought it well done, I can't believe that this is not a big budget movie. Perhaps I shouldn't say this because my childhood friend is the co-producer of this movie, but I actually liked this movie better than the first. Okay, okay, I'll even admit it...I cried during part of the movie.
August 18, 2012
awesome movie i strongly recommend cheeking it out.
August 17, 2012
Not quite as good as the original, but still a great film about some of the events surrounding World War II. I highly recommend it!
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