This could have been a great thriller about an underground resistance but it moves at a snail's pace. It's beautfully shot but the whole film focuses on the unlikely relationship between a Nazi officer and a young woman who has been abandoned by her husband and it lacks pace which means I lost interest several times.
Boring, Soap opera bad - overly dramatic, uninspiring, unbelievable. And ultimately pretty unwatchable.
From the start it looks like a bad low budget made for TV movie. My first thought after a few minutes of watching this was: Hey is that Michael Sheen? Looks like him, it can't be. What is such an accomplished actor (B-List?) doing in this movie.
First the premise of the alternate scenario of England having been invaded is not a new one. It's been done in other movies in a lot more interesting way. Incidentally who knows, if Hitler had one the "Battle of Britain", and knew that Germany could have had air superiority with a little more push, that "Operation Sea Lion" (England invasion plan)could have happened.
From the start the acting, and, or, the characters are bland. It doesn't hook you in. You know this is going to be a long boring watch.
There are much better WW2 and for that matter any other genre movie to watch. Skip this one..
Based upon the famous British novel of the same name, Resistance is about a group of women in an isolated Welsh village wake up to discover all of the their husbands have mysteriously vanished in 1944. Then the German occupiers arrive in the village and they all now facing a harsh winter, the women and soldiers find they must cooperate with one another to survive. The story of the movie is really interesting and it gives room for lots of great performances and moments but sadly director took the easy way out and wasted 92 minutes on nothing but mere people walking and talking in the winter.
I would have loved to see the director push the envelope by engaging German soldiers into these women lives more intimately than just helpers. That would have given the movie more raw and harsh look as what people actually have to go through to survive in the war. Andrea Riseborough is utterly boring and Tom Wlaschiha couldn't do much in it. Iwan Rheon, Kimberley Nixon and Stanislav Ianevski were alright. Michael Sheen is wasted.
Overall, Resistance starts on slow note and ends on even more slower note. Bad direction and screenplay tank a potentially good war script.