Defiance 2009

Defiance

Critics Consensus

Professionally made but artistically uninspired, Ed Zwick's story of Jews surviving WWII in the Belarus forest lacks the emotional punch of the actual history.

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In 1941, Nazi soldiers are slaughtering Eastern European Jews by the thousands. Three brothers, Tuvia (Daniel Craig), Zus (Liev Schreiber) and Asael (Jamie Bell), manage to escape and take refuge in the forest where they played in childhood. Seeking a way to avenge the deaths of their loved ones, the brothers turn their daily struggle for survival into a battle against the Nazis. As news of their exploits spreads, others join the fray, willing to risk their lives for even brief freedom.

Cast & Crew

Daniel Craig
Tuvia Bielski
Jamie Bell
Asael Bielski
Alexa Davalos
Lilka Ticktin
Allan Corduner
Shimon Haretz
Mark Feuerstein
Isaac Malbin
Tomas Arana
Ben Zion Gulkowitz
Jodhi May
Tamara Skidelsky
Iddo Goldberg
Yitzhak Shulman
Edward Zwick
Screenwriter
Clayton Frohman
Screenwriter
Marshall Herskovitz
Executive Producer
Eduardo Serra
Cinematographer
Dan Weil
Production Design
Jenny Beavan
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Critic Reviews for Defiance

All Critics (186) | Top Critics (49) | Fresh (107) | Rotten (79)

Audience Reviews for Defiance

  • Feb 06, 2013
    Daniel Craig's "Fidder in the Forest" effort to recapture an example of Jewish defiance during the Second World War is decent but employs a paint-by-numbers approach to avoid real emotion and soul.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    Defiance is a great tale, it just wasn't a great movie. The goods about the movie: the music was incredible, the acting from Craig and the other was very good, and the dramatic and intense moments are truly heartwrenching. The bad: the story gets very long and boring as the movie goes on because nothing is happening, I think the historical accuracy is a little sketchy, I think nere the end they tried making a Holocaust movie into an action movie. Overall, dont get me wrong I really liked this, but I had too many problems to say it was great.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 29, 2011
    Despite a great and inspiring story, and wonderful actors and director, it's hard to think that Defiance wouldn't be great, but the reality is not quite so positive. The cinematography is extremely gorgeous: shot on location in Lithuania. The actors do a good job (except for Daniel Craig who can't seen to keep his accent), and James Newton Howard provides an intense, powerful score that should have won the Best Soundtrack Oscar, but the screenplay is cliched, and the film doesn't have any depth or emotional gravity to be powerful and involving.
    Raymond W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 19, 2011
    Well acted and interesting. And the dirtier Daniel Craig gets, the bluer his eyes look. Just sayin'.
    Julie B Super Reviewer

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