Stalingrad Reviews

  • Nov 30, 2020

    Stalingrrad is less about the battle of Stalingrad and more about a minor skirmish over a tenement building and the people on both sides caught up in the horror of war. As a heroic band of Russian soldiers attempt to hold their position against the oncoming might of the German army it becomes one German officers quest to take the building and seek vengeance for his lost lover, a forlorn Russian girl who resembles his dead wife. Meanwhile, the Russian defenders dig in to save the life of a young girl who still lives in the ruins of the obliterated city, refusing to leave her home. She reminds the battle worn military men of their own humanity and the purpose of their struggle and sacrifice. It isn't the greatest film of all time but to read most other reviews you would think it is a sloppy exercise in mindless violence. I'm chalking that up to anti-Russian sentiment; few in the English speaking world want to be reminded of the great sacrifices the Russian people made to stop the Nazis. Fewer still will admit the real truth of WW2, which is that Russia overcame the Nazis, not the USA and certainly not Britain, whose forces arrived to declare victory only after the real fighting had been done. Highly watchable and engaging and also a pleasant relief from the flag waving propaganda that pours forth from Hollywood like diahorrea from Satan's arse hole. Finally, there is one hilarious moment amid the carnage, as a German officer dies he complains that he feels no pain, just itching in his armpits. "The least these damn lice could do is let you die in peace."

    Stalingrrad is less about the battle of Stalingrad and more about a minor skirmish over a tenement building and the people on both sides caught up in the horror of war. As a heroic band of Russian soldiers attempt to hold their position against the oncoming might of the German army it becomes one German officers quest to take the building and seek vengeance for his lost lover, a forlorn Russian girl who resembles his dead wife. Meanwhile, the Russian defenders dig in to save the life of a young girl who still lives in the ruins of the obliterated city, refusing to leave her home. She reminds the battle worn military men of their own humanity and the purpose of their struggle and sacrifice. It isn't the greatest film of all time but to read most other reviews you would think it is a sloppy exercise in mindless violence. I'm chalking that up to anti-Russian sentiment; few in the English speaking world want to be reminded of the great sacrifices the Russian people made to stop the Nazis. Fewer still will admit the real truth of WW2, which is that Russia overcame the Nazis, not the USA and certainly not Britain, whose forces arrived to declare victory only after the real fighting had been done. Highly watchable and engaging and also a pleasant relief from the flag waving propaganda that pours forth from Hollywood like diahorrea from Satan's arse hole. Finally, there is one hilarious moment amid the carnage, as a German officer dies he complains that he feels no pain, just itching in his armpits. "The least these damn lice could do is let you die in peace."

  • Oct 21, 2020

    The acting was so unconvincing that it did very little to portray the true horror of Stalingrad, despite the movie's incredible sets. The bookends of the film in Japan and the five fathers angle was strange. This had no link to the movie and was just confusing. Many of the scenes were pithy and the military tactics were very often off. Despite this, I enjoyed it very much. Any non-English speaking WWII is sure to intrigue.

    The acting was so unconvincing that it did very little to portray the true horror of Stalingrad, despite the movie's incredible sets. The bookends of the film in Japan and the five fathers angle was strange. This had no link to the movie and was just confusing. Many of the scenes were pithy and the military tactics were very often off. Despite this, I enjoyed it very much. Any non-English speaking WWII is sure to intrigue.

  • Apr 23, 2020

    The movie was absent of plot. Random scenes with random dialogues, it felt like watching "Big Brother". Action was hilarious, the Russians were portrayed as super solders. Overuse of slow motion. One particular action scene was shot from start to finish in non stop slow motion (over three minutes long). It kinda felt "Family guy" funny. Ashes falling from the sky for the entirety of the movie. If it wasn't for the expensive visuals one might think it is a direct to DVD movie.

    The movie was absent of plot. Random scenes with random dialogues, it felt like watching "Big Brother". Action was hilarious, the Russians were portrayed as super solders. Overuse of slow motion. One particular action scene was shot from start to finish in non stop slow motion (over three minutes long). It kinda felt "Family guy" funny. Ashes falling from the sky for the entirety of the movie. If it wasn't for the expensive visuals one might think it is a direct to DVD movie.

  • Aug 13, 2019

    العمل ممتاز من ناحية المؤثرات البصرية، ضعيف من ناحية القصة والسيناريو والتمثيل

    العمل ممتاز من ناحية المؤثرات البصرية، ضعيف من ناحية القصة والسيناريو والتمثيل

  • Nov 23, 2018

    There is an excellent film which shares the same title as this that was made in about 1995 by German director Joseph Vilsmaier. It was told from the point of view of a small group of German soldiers who just wanted to return home and escape the fight that they didn't believe in. It was a well told story of the insanity of war and survival in the harshest of conditions. This film is told from the Russian perspective and is so patriotic and full of chest thumping moments I half expected Vladimir Putin to ride in bare chested on his stallion to save the day at the end. Visually it looks amazing and I did struggle to take my eyes off the screen because they have obviously piled a whole lot of cash into the visuals and it matches up to any of Hollywood's recent efforts on that front. It is just a shame they had no money left to pay a decent writer. Bizzarely, the film begins with our narrator arriving at the site of the Japanese tsunami back in 2011 and it is from here he narrates his back story to some trapped children underneath the rubble of a collapsed building. The children in question I am sure would have preferred him to get on with the job in hand. Anyhow, he taes us back to 1942 and the battle in question as he and his band of brothers are taking shelter in a wreck of a building where some locals are hiding from the Nazis. From this point on the Nazis do dispicable things and the Russians run out of the building in slow motion screaming , firing their guns and performing slo-mo dives and jumps while bombs explode around them. That's pretty much it, oh and there is also some opera. If you're looking for Saving Private Ryan but a little more Call of Duty crossed with 300 then this is the movie for you. If not, seek out the older but far superior German movie.

    There is an excellent film which shares the same title as this that was made in about 1995 by German director Joseph Vilsmaier. It was told from the point of view of a small group of German soldiers who just wanted to return home and escape the fight that they didn't believe in. It was a well told story of the insanity of war and survival in the harshest of conditions. This film is told from the Russian perspective and is so patriotic and full of chest thumping moments I half expected Vladimir Putin to ride in bare chested on his stallion to save the day at the end. Visually it looks amazing and I did struggle to take my eyes off the screen because they have obviously piled a whole lot of cash into the visuals and it matches up to any of Hollywood's recent efforts on that front. It is just a shame they had no money left to pay a decent writer. Bizzarely, the film begins with our narrator arriving at the site of the Japanese tsunami back in 2011 and it is from here he narrates his back story to some trapped children underneath the rubble of a collapsed building. The children in question I am sure would have preferred him to get on with the job in hand. Anyhow, he taes us back to 1942 and the battle in question as he and his band of brothers are taking shelter in a wreck of a building where some locals are hiding from the Nazis. From this point on the Nazis do dispicable things and the Russians run out of the building in slow motion screaming , firing their guns and performing slo-mo dives and jumps while bombs explode around them. That's pretty much it, oh and there is also some opera. If you're looking for Saving Private Ryan but a little more Call of Duty crossed with 300 then this is the movie for you. If not, seek out the older but far superior German movie.

  • Jul 12, 2017

    This is an unusual film for the uk market. Russian actors are dubbed using American actors so the lip sync is out and the German parts are sub titled. But it does bring to life what it was like to be in Stalingrad and the opponents so close to each other. I watched this in 3D using my projector and it was an immersive experience. It wasn't a waste if 2 hours.

    This is an unusual film for the uk market. Russian actors are dubbed using American actors so the lip sync is out and the German parts are sub titled. But it does bring to life what it was like to be in Stalingrad and the opponents so close to each other. I watched this in 3D using my projector and it was an immersive experience. It wasn't a waste if 2 hours.

  • May 22, 2017

    Just about remains engaging enough, the characterisation is a bit flimsy. Action pieces more showy than visceral, reflecting the film's need to illustrate how much money has been thrown at it.

    Just about remains engaging enough, the characterisation is a bit flimsy. Action pieces more showy than visceral, reflecting the film's need to illustrate how much money has been thrown at it.

  • Apr 24, 2017

    interesting look at the human side of this tragic war battle between Germany & Russians

    interesting look at the human side of this tragic war battle between Germany & Russians

  • Feb 02, 2017

    awesome film liked everything except the over use of special fx

    awesome film liked everything except the over use of special fx

  • Dec 12, 2016

    While the special effects and production values are quite good, the acting and story leaves much to be desired. Essentially a series of cool battle scenes with a flimsy story about a group of Russian soldiers that protect a young woman.

    While the special effects and production values are quite good, the acting and story leaves much to be desired. Essentially a series of cool battle scenes with a flimsy story about a group of Russian soldiers that protect a young woman.