March 1st, 2003 DVD Reviews, Film, Filmink

The Film

In the late eighties it was the Vietnam War getting plundered for stories of different incidents or angles, each more graphic and ‘realistic’ than the last.

Since Saving Private Ryan, everything from Thin Red Line to Band of Brothers has given us easily packaged doses of heroic WWII feats and generated a film industry WWII chic.

If you aren’t tired of the pet WWII projects from endless producers and directors (or if you’re a genuine enthusiast), don’t go too far past Uprising.

It attempts to correct the historical picture of the Holocaust victims as passive by telling the true story of the Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto taking up arms in resistance, holding the German army off for over a month (many escaping to tell their tale).

The brutal action, realism and pseudo-documentary style all make for gripping viewing and the drama and characters effectively convey the human side of the conflict.

The Extras

There’s a short but interesting making-of documentary and a historical documentary of the actual people and incident that will interest you if you’re curious about the story behind the story.

Commentaries by both the cast and director are reverent and sober.

The Worth

As a story, it’s well done and effectively depicted. But the procession of World War II movies is getting as long and weary as the victims on their way to concentration camps.

3 out of 5

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