First Squad Moment of TruthOctober 10, 2009
First Squad Moment of Truth Review
Well, how to put it softly… it was difficult. It was difficult to keep watching this film and resist temptation to save myself from influx of cliches, but I decided to finish it. Let’s see what went wrong.
Shinbo can turn a string of seemingly unrelated shots into a sublime experience. Here the purpose is somewhat different. The creators are trying to make their story sound more real by including numerous interviews with various people. It looks very funny and distracts from the viewing experience. It you really want to make viewers think and feel, show - don’t tell. The problems with continuity don’t end here though.
Flashbacks are fine, but too many events happen too quickly and spectators are not given enough time to really care about protagonists and other characters. This is exacerbated further by horrible Russian voice acting that is much worse than its Soviet counterparts.
The only thing I liked about the film is excellent use of color.
I somewhat expected this to be a gimmick, but I didn’t expect such a failure… Perhaps, the sequels will be better, but I doubt it. At least, I hope this film will raise awareness and interest in history of heroic actions of young people during WWII.