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This is yet another hidden Nazi treasure grab caper , except with little tension or drama worth the word. All players were required to shamelessly over act their roles, where acting was given any chance at all. Otherwise we saw mostly cardboard cut out steriotypes strutting about, from traditional black leather and knights cross sporting nazis ( a word used too often in the piece) to a ubercool US pilot wearing a curious mix of British and American gear , with very little authenticity. This is a film sporting two big names, one from each side of the pond of course, that must surely regret their involvement .
This is a typical low-budget war movie, with the cheesy plot of a small group of soldiers trapped behined enemy lines, on the hunt for a top secret stash of Nazi loot: famous artifacts stolen from the French. The movie didn't get off to a good start, with a cheep looking CGI glider with the British troops cash landing in Holland. After that a shootout begins between the surviving British troops and some Germans. The shootout scene was pretty bad, and the sound effects for the German machine guns as well as the British rifles sounded like they were copied from the HBO miniseries Band Of Brothers. Then it got boring as the British just walked for a while, as the German SS guy did his stupid stealing plot from his own soldiers. The SS guys plot was one of the worst things in the movie, planing to seal it all for revenge against someone as well as getting rich. As if he could get away with it. Then it all ended with big shootout that was just as bad as the first, with the usual war movie clichÃ (C) of dressing up like the enemy to do whatever you want, and that happened with both sides at once. So that ended the movie, with all the artifacts blown up, and the pilot guy crashing the escape plane, just for the laughs of him crashing twice. So ya there was some terrible comedy moments, and occasional scenes that made me laugh simply because they were so dumb. So not a good movie at all, with kinda the same idea as Kelly's Hereos or The Monuments Men.
If comedy is supposed to be one of this film's genres, then it is done badly, but then again the heist part is just as terrible.
10 minutes was enough to turn it off. Geesh. what a waste....
This is a movie about greed and to some extent revenge in wartime Netherlands. An officer belonging to the Waffen-SS is sent out to secure treasures looted from Dutch museums by one of GÃ¶ring's special commandos before the allied operation Market Garden rolls over the area. Meanwhile a group of German rouges are trying to find these riches for themselves as revenge for the group's leader being sent to the eastern front by said Waffen-SS officer. A group of allied soldiers take part in a covert operation to find these treasures, in order to stop the Germans from taking them to Berlin, and then return them to the Dutch government. So far, so good - but then the movie starts. Oh my...
The production team behind this movie must have learned everything they know about WWII in the European theatre from movies like "The Dirty Dozen" or other B-war movies made in the late 50's or during the 60's. I spotted many mistakes, mistakes that easily could have been avoided if they had consulted with someone - ANYONE with the correct technical know-how. For instance; the detachment of Allied soldiers uses the Sten Mk II sub-machine gun, no problem there as this cheap, mass produced weapon saw action in north Africa and most of Europe - but the ammo magazine IS NOT A HANDLE! Due to the recoil you're more likely to end up with the detached ammo clip in your hand after a couple of rounds. None of the Allied soldiers in this movie holds the sub-machine gun correctly while firing it. Another mistake is perhaps more of a continuity problem: When the Allied takes off from England in their Horsa-gliders; they are pulled by RAF Wellington bombers. But in the following (partial CG) clip the glider tugs have suddenly been exchanged for either the C-33/39 (Douglas DC-2) or the more probable C-47 (Douglas DC-3). Alexander SkarsgÃ¥rd could have done with some more dialogue coaching as his native idiom sounded through at times to the verge of becoming comical. And what purpose did Michael Madsen's character have in this (at best) mediocre story other than securing a big name for the movie?
My favourite part in this movie was when one of the reluctant farm girls, kept to service the German troops guarding the treasures, secretly took a slash in the soup they later served to the unsuspecting soldiers. And a weasel, trying to play all sides in this story, had nothing but praise for the same soup when he too had some later on.
At the end of the day I found this movie to be more or less 1h42' of wasted time. The mistakes I listed here may seem petty, but then again there is no excuse for doing a half-arsed job. Do it right, or don't do it at all.
OK not the greatest War movie Ever, and to be honest wasn't really expectin much, but was better than I expected, and quite funny in places!
Weak story telling, inconsistent, unattractive and cheesy. There were some "alright" moments however.
Low budget, low performance war film. I wouldn't recommend it.
I knew going into this one not to expect much. Well that is what I got out of it...NOT MUCH.
Not a complete waste of time; there are a few alright moments.
It sucked pretty bad. I should have know that with Michael Madsen in the film. Poor screen play and very badly developed.
A war film with a difference, it's on the rob! Really great cast, stand out performance from Karel Roden and Alexander(please bite me) Skarsgard!