Reviews

Feb 16, 2007
Tells a familiar story very well, thanks to a charismatic ensemble cast and boundless ambition when it comes to the scale.
Feb 16, 2007
It's beautifully shot and includes bravura set pieces from the front line. Unsurprisingly, it ends badly.
Feb 16, 2007
It's all beautifully photographed and lit, using a bright palette that recalls old Technicolor, and exerts a cumulative power over its 130 minutes.
Feb 16, 2007
The film has no real thematic ambition beyond restating the old "war is hell" adage.
Feb 16, 2007
Americanised macho-sentimental war movie about an isolated Soviet division.
Feb 16, 2007
the movie's relevance to current events is inescapable - especially when underlined in dialogue like, "In all of history, no one has ever managed to conquer Afghanistan."
Feb 14, 2007
The unquestioning lionising of Russian heroism is far from comfortable viewing, especially given the Putin regime's darkening human rights record.
Feb 14, 2007
Full of good intentions and scattered with more than a few gob-smacking scenes, this could have really taken it to Hollywood if only it had a little more to say than "war is hell here too."