Saturday, February 6, 2010
Saints and Soldiers
Talk about one good movie, this is amazing. Here is a synopsis I got from IMDB
Based on actual WWII events, the award-winning "Saints and Soldier" tells the dramatic story of a small band of Allied soldiers trapped behind enemy lines with information that could save thousands of allied lives. Outgunned and ill-equipped, they must now battle a frigid wilderness and roving German troops to smuggle the critical intelligence back to allied territory. In mid-December 1944, Hitler's Army charges through the Ardennes Forest in Belgium, initiating the offensive that will come to be known as the Battle of the Bulge. The German soldiers open fire on the unarmed prisoners, in the tragic event now known as the Malmedy Massacre. Corporal Nathan "Deacon" Greer, his friend Gordon Gunderson and a handful of others survive the massacre by playing dead and escaping into the nearby woods. The small band of soldiers come across stranded British intelligence officer Oberon Winley, who has valuable information to be delivered to Allied forces, increasing the urgency of their already desperate situation. The group forms a fragile bond as they begin to trust each other. But the constant threat of capture, as well as mounting suspicions of a German sympathizer within the group, threaten to tear them apart. Now with few weapons, no food and a strained camaraderie, this tiny band must take on the unforgiving winter and a forest filled with enemy troops to fight their way back to Allied occupied territory.
The movie made me cry! It is NOT a movie for small children, because of war violence. But 12 or up would find it worth while to watch. It is rated PG-13 but my 10 year old brother had seen it twice, he loves it as much as I do. Deacon is really inspiring, in the movie he is having a sort of "shell-shock", he has a wife and baby, and is a Christian. Hence the nickname Deacon. I really want to say more but I can't without ruining the movie. This IS a move worth watching.