49th Parallel (The Invaders) Reviews
It's an amazingly directed film that continues to produce the tension the whole way through...you just keep guessing.
The people that the Nazi's come across are so fascinating & the film just keeps fresh & gripping...it's a terrific war film that is a must see.
(1941) 49th Parallel
SUSPENSE THRILLER/ ADVENTURE/ ESPIONAGE/ WAR
Frustrating movie which much of the suspense centers on the 8 Nazis capture with small parts from Leslie Howard and Lawrence Olivier.
Takes place during WWII, after a German submarine U-boat was located in the Hudson Bay, Canada it then gets shot down from a Canadian war plane causing many to die. However, 8 German soldiers managed to escape, including the lieutenant calling himself Hirth, played by Eric Portman. And it is during then, they start to exploit Canadian hospitality life by pretending to be civil whenever they want only until it has met there ulterior motives and assume they have the right to take a life whenever they want, as their main objective was to escape to the American border. This set up almost reminds me about what a terrorist would do, and as a result I can only watch the first half, and finally was able to finish watching it after at least a half year later since it's a rather aggravating watch which depicts some Canadian citizens as gullible and na´ve with no sense of danger who only attack only after they're attacked first. It's obvious, the movie's trying to sensationalize the Nazis point-of-view with Canada's or any other First world country with sane views, and that can be annoying since it drags the film as a whole.
2 out of 4 stars
$8 worth of movie.
Most irritating performance and character goes to Leslie Howard (who gets top billing over Laurence Olivier). Pretentious in the extreme. Olivier has a few speeches himself - the Shakespearean training comes in handy.
Not all bad. The survival-adventure element (which I was hoping was going to be the only element) is entertaining.