Stalingrad 3D (15)
- Starring: Petr Fedorov, Thomas Kretschmann, Dmitry Lisenkov, Yanina Studilina, Mariya Smolnikova, Sergey Bondarchuk
- Director: Fedor Bondarchuk
- Duration: 131 mins
- Year: 2013
Soviet Captain Gromov and his men storm a building and discover a terrified 18-year-old woman called Katya. They become her protectors. Meanwhile, German Captain Kahn prepares to launch his tanks and soldiers at the Soviets.
Alison Rowat's Review
Here is an odd one.
Fyodor Bondarchuk choses to tell the story of the infamous battle by filming in 3D, and framing events from the point of view of two local women: one who is adopted by Russian troops as a sister/mother substitute, and another who has become a Nazi officers mistress as a way of staying alive.
The resulting picture is a bizarre mix of war porn and soft soap.
Paul Greenwood's Review
Imagine if World War II was directed by Zack Snyder and youll be on your way to visualising this really rather strange Russian war movie.
A thoroughly redundant framing device set in the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake of 2011 has one of the rescuers deciding to tell a trapped woman the story of his five fathers, which takes us back to the city of Stalingrad in 1942.
As the Russians try to retake the city from the Germans in the bloodiest battle of the war, we spend most of the film inside a house that sits between the Germans and the Volga, where a young woman is protected by five Russian soldiers.
The sporadic battles that break out in between many dull moments inside the house are done with a stylised sheen that almost makes this look like a fantasy film.
The fights aim for 300 and it looks like Sucker Punch, which is frankly not a comparison any film should aspire to, and its an odd look to have for such a gritty story.
Handsomely put together, with clearly a lot of money up on the screen, but with nothing to hold on to in terms of character or content, this is turgid stuff.