Colditz Reviews

  • Alex r Super Reviewer
    Jan 28, 2014

    Average made For TV film dramatizing the numerous escapes of Colditz Castle during the Second World War; this is an entertaining affair, with a cast of varied talent including a young Tom Hardy, Damien Lewis and others. This film really could have been a great War drama, instead it suffers from its traditional TV dramatizations of events, therefore it becomes a bit over dramatic to try and keep you interested. I think that it's a great shame because Colditz really could have been a great film, but it just squanders its a potential on a watered retelling of events. Colditz is entertaining, but it could have been much better as well. The cast do what they can with the material, and they do make up for the sometimes lacking story. Escape films are always great, and considering that this is based on real events, this film should have been carefully planned out and more attention given to the true story. However this is your typical made for TV film, it plays out the fact the way it wants, and camouflages them in a thick layer of drama to shy the viewer away from what's really going on. Colditz is a good film, but one that should definitely have toned down on the fictional elements of the story in order to keep the facts straight. The aspects of the prisoners trying to escape is what keeps you involved, but like I've this one falls short because it tries to be way too dramatic than what it needs to be. I really wanted to enjoy this film more, but it leaves a lot to be desired in the end. As a whole, this is a film purely for mindless entertainment. Read on what happened instead if you're looking for an accurate portrait of the Colditz escapes.

    Average made For TV film dramatizing the numerous escapes of Colditz Castle during the Second World War; this is an entertaining affair, with a cast of varied talent including a young Tom Hardy, Damien Lewis and others. This film really could have been a great War drama, instead it suffers from its traditional TV dramatizations of events, therefore it becomes a bit over dramatic to try and keep you interested. I think that it's a great shame because Colditz really could have been a great film, but it just squanders its a potential on a watered retelling of events. Colditz is entertaining, but it could have been much better as well. The cast do what they can with the material, and they do make up for the sometimes lacking story. Escape films are always great, and considering that this is based on real events, this film should have been carefully planned out and more attention given to the true story. However this is your typical made for TV film, it plays out the fact the way it wants, and camouflages them in a thick layer of drama to shy the viewer away from what's really going on. Colditz is a good film, but one that should definitely have toned down on the fictional elements of the story in order to keep the facts straight. The aspects of the prisoners trying to escape is what keeps you involved, but like I've this one falls short because it tries to be way too dramatic than what it needs to be. I really wanted to enjoy this film more, but it leaves a lot to be desired in the end. As a whole, this is a film purely for mindless entertainment. Read on what happened instead if you're looking for an accurate portrait of the Colditz escapes.

  • Walter M Super Reviewer
    Jun 27, 2013

    In "Colditz," four allied POW's make a daring escape from a German POW camp during World War II. One is quickly shot dead. That leaves Tom Willis(Laurence Fox), Jack Rose(Tom Hardy) and Nick McGrade(Damian Lewis) to make it within spitting distance of the Swiss border. But, it is never that easy as Willis is caught trapped in barbed wire and Rose injures his ankle, leaving McGrade to successfully catch a train to Switzerland after promising Rose to tell his lady love, Lizzie(Sophia Myles), that he is still alive once he gets back to England. But McGrade is in no hurry to leave Switzerland, until the British authorities conveniently arrange charges against him. Still, England is not all bad as he is promoted to Leftenant and gets his first look at Lizzie... "Colditz" has certain things going for it, especially in its attention to detail, along with making a connection between solitary confinement and psychological damage. That goes to prove that there is more than one form of escape. And there is a certain feral intense chemistry between Tom Hardy and Damian Lewis in the scenes they share together. But the movie gets trapped up in a love triangle that is predictable and cliched, at least until it takes a turn towards something much darker. In fact, that level of soap opera provides an unwieldy juxtaposition with the hardships encountered by the soldiers in a real time and place.

    In "Colditz," four allied POW's make a daring escape from a German POW camp during World War II. One is quickly shot dead. That leaves Tom Willis(Laurence Fox), Jack Rose(Tom Hardy) and Nick McGrade(Damian Lewis) to make it within spitting distance of the Swiss border. But, it is never that easy as Willis is caught trapped in barbed wire and Rose injures his ankle, leaving McGrade to successfully catch a train to Switzerland after promising Rose to tell his lady love, Lizzie(Sophia Myles), that he is still alive once he gets back to England. But McGrade is in no hurry to leave Switzerland, until the British authorities conveniently arrange charges against him. Still, England is not all bad as he is promoted to Leftenant and gets his first look at Lizzie... "Colditz" has certain things going for it, especially in its attention to detail, along with making a connection between solitary confinement and psychological damage. That goes to prove that there is more than one form of escape. And there is a certain feral intense chemistry between Tom Hardy and Damian Lewis in the scenes they share together. But the movie gets trapped up in a love triangle that is predictable and cliched, at least until it takes a turn towards something much darker. In fact, that level of soap opera provides an unwieldy juxtaposition with the hardships encountered by the soldiers in a real time and place.

  • Jul 24, 2011

    Para um filme sem propaganda nenhuma à (C) muito bem feito ... pra quem tá sem idà (C)ia do que ver vale a pena se arriscar nesse ...

    Para um filme sem propaganda nenhuma à (C) muito bem feito ... pra quem tá sem idà (C)ia do que ver vale a pena se arriscar nesse ...

  • May 29, 2011

    L'histoire d'amour qui prend enormement plus de place qu'anticipe, mais pourquoi pas. Les scenes de la seconde guerre sont fascinantes et l'intrigue carcerale se mele admirablement a celle du traditionnel triangle amoureux, remoulu entre les barreaux de la plus fameuse des prisons nazies. Damian Lewis fidele a ce qu'on a connu de lui comme Lt. Winters dans Band of Brothers. tres bon.

    L'histoire d'amour qui prend enormement plus de place qu'anticipe, mais pourquoi pas. Les scenes de la seconde guerre sont fascinantes et l'intrigue carcerale se mele admirablement a celle du traditionnel triangle amoureux, remoulu entre les barreaux de la plus fameuse des prisons nazies. Damian Lewis fidele a ce qu'on a connu de lui comme Lt. Winters dans Band of Brothers. tres bon.

  • Apr 25, 2011

    During the Second World War Allied POWs who proved especially skillful at breaking out of POW camps where sent to Oflag IV-C in Saxony, Colditz Castle. The Germans think Colditz is inescapable...the Allied POWs will try to prove them wrong, for 2nd Lt. Jack Rose the danger is greater then he realizes, a former comrade Nicholas McGrade has stolen Jacks girl and will do anything to prevent Jack's return. Its Crap. Mostly. It doesn't work as an escape film because the escape attempts just happen, doesn't work as a romance because there is absolutly no reason for Damian Lewis and Sophie Myles to be together. Yes she's hot and Lewis' McGrade's attracted to her...but there is never a sense that she's worth committing high treason for especially since Lewis' character is farely self centered for most of the movie. Lewis character also shows few positive traits thus one wonders in a London crawling with soldiers, sailors and airmen from around the world Myles' character shouldn't need to spare an asshat like McGrade a second thought. Give it a pass.

    During the Second World War Allied POWs who proved especially skillful at breaking out of POW camps where sent to Oflag IV-C in Saxony, Colditz Castle. The Germans think Colditz is inescapable...the Allied POWs will try to prove them wrong, for 2nd Lt. Jack Rose the danger is greater then he realizes, a former comrade Nicholas McGrade has stolen Jacks girl and will do anything to prevent Jack's return. Its Crap. Mostly. It doesn't work as an escape film because the escape attempts just happen, doesn't work as a romance because there is absolutly no reason for Damian Lewis and Sophie Myles to be together. Yes she's hot and Lewis' McGrade's attracted to her...but there is never a sense that she's worth committing high treason for especially since Lewis' character is farely self centered for most of the movie. Lewis character also shows few positive traits thus one wonders in a London crawling with soldiers, sailors and airmen from around the world Myles' character shouldn't need to spare an asshat like McGrade a second thought. Give it a pass.

  • Feb 20, 2011

    Love & war...and all inbetween...<3

    Love & war...and all inbetween...<3

  • Nov 11, 2010

    This 3-hour love and war epic is well-made and well-acted. --- http://bachtiarmovies.blogspot.com

    This 3-hour love and war epic is well-made and well-acted. --- http://bachtiarmovies.blogspot.com

  • Dec 29, 2009

    very entertaining. love scandel was eh though.

    very entertaining. love scandel was eh though.

  • Nov 24, 2009

    loved it! very emotional.....i`m very biased though coz i`m a huge fan of Tom Hardy. mwahhh.xxxx

    loved it! very emotional.....i`m very biased though coz i`m a huge fan of Tom Hardy. mwahhh.xxxx

  • Nov 30, 2008

    Great cast and good story. Great suspense, the whole plot about escaping from an 'unescapable castle' is good. It shows a good depiction of what goes on in a POW's mind, escaping, waiting and fighting. The lovestory wasn't neccesary, but the good thing is that they made it a piece in the puzzle.

    Great cast and good story. Great suspense, the whole plot about escaping from an 'unescapable castle' is good. It shows a good depiction of what goes on in a POW's mind, escaping, waiting and fighting. The lovestory wasn't neccesary, but the good thing is that they made it a piece in the puzzle.