Monday, June 29, 2009

Movie Review: Defiance

I was up late last night since I was waiting for Barie to return from her trip to Dallas for a friend's baby-shower. To pass the time, I stopped by RedBox on the way home from church last night and picked up Defiance, a movie based on the true story of a group of Jews who hid in the forest from the Germans during WWII and resisted capture.

Their story is remarkable, and like any narrative involving the Jews in Nazi-occupied territories during WWII, incredibly brutal. The main theme of the movie concerns this renogade group's attempt to not respond to brutality with brutality. Of course, they chose to do things they would not have done during piece time in order to simply survive, but the dialogue throughout the movie is how far they will desend into revenge as they seek to survive. Most of the men and women hiding in the woods lost immediate family members at the hands of the Nazis. In one of the defining moments of the movie, Daniel Craig's character says, "Our revenge will be to stay alive." From that point on, the group's goal is no longer to kill Germans, but to stay alive and maintain their humanity.

At the end of the movie, the subtitles noted that the group that formed in 1940 in response the horrors of the Germans actually grew throughout the war and survived until the end of the war. By the end of WWII, the group was 1200 strong. We really have no idea how difficult some people have had it throughout history, do we? All I could think of while watching it was - one, how thankful I am for my wife and kids, and two, how would I respond to those who treated those I love with brutality? A tough question and a great movie.

1 comment:

Stephen and Nikki said...

My husband noticed that the council of biblical manhood and womanhood recommended this movie so we checked it out and really enjoyed it!