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The Forgotten Battle

By JK Sooja, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Incredible, sad, brutal retelling of crucial WWII battle.

Movie NR 2021 127 minutes
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Based on 3 parent reviews

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British aspect fails drastically

I really wanted to like this film but they tried far too hard to make this a grity dark film that it ended up being completely unrealistic. They made the elite British paras out to be incompetent cowads who gave up and abandoned their own men. This made my uncle who was in the paras so angry he had to leave the room at which point we stopped watching it. I heard the battle at the end was also complete bollocks but I'll be honest I didn't make it that far.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. has crafted an almost masterpiece of war cinema. Unflinching, brutal, terrifying, sad, and gut-wrenching, The Forgotton Battle is at times absolutely stunning. The cinematography from the prolific Lennert Hillege is dazzling and infused with grit, melancholy, and brutality. Explosions in the distance light up the night sky as soldiers quietly sneak their way past enemy combatants. Action and battle sequences are expertly sewn together and scripted, leading to intense scenes that rival any other canonical World War II movie. Additionally, the casting seems perfect, from the quietly impressive performance of Susan Radder (Teuntje Visser) to the smaller role of British pilot Tony Turner, perfectly played by Tom Felton of Harry Potter fame.

The scope of The Forgotten Battle is also ambitious. By choosing to tell the stories of 3 different main characters, the film can sometimes get bogged down with slow pacing as it has to jump between these 3 different (but intertwined) storylines. There's a lot character building and story scaffolding that might bore some viewers. And further, one of the main characters is a young Nazi soldier, who eventually becomes disillusioned with war and his Nazi party. Some viewers might find this yet another redemption story for someone who shouldn't necessarily be getting attention at all (see: Crash or Monster's Ball). But at least the focus is divided between the two other characters and their immediate social groups, and the conclusion to the young Nazi soldier's story is effective, sad, and powerful.

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