Movie Review: Saints and Soldiers

Posted on March 16, 2008

Saints and SoldiersI have always been a big fan of war films and and especially those that depict various WWII stories. It was for this reason that Saints and Soldiers caught my eye. Saints and Soldiers had won many film fest awards back when it first came out (2005) but, as we all know, awards don’t mean a given person will like a film.

There was something different about the awards this film was winning though. Saints and Soldiers was taking home all of the audience judged awards (as opposed to those judged by a panel). Could a number of film fest audiences be wrong?

Nope. They were spot on as far as I am concerned.

This film was fantastic from the very start and continued on to a powerful ending.

What I really loved about the movie was that it was very character driven. A number of scenes in the movie were there simply to allow the viewer to learn more about the five main characters. There was still a lot of action though so you action junkies won’t be disappointed.

The other thing I really loved about Saints and Soldiers was its’ historical nature. The event that both kicked off the film and inspired it was the Malmedy Massacre in which a number of U.S. soldiers were executed by the Germans. The film took off from that point and made sure to keep the historical accuracy at top of mind throughout. The costumes, weapons, vehicles and other gear were very true to life. Even the sound work was spot on.

I couldn’t believe that they made this film for under $1mm and I think you’ll feel the same way. This is a movie for those who like war films, history and great character driven stories so check it out if you fall into one or more of those categories. You won’t regret it.


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3 Comments so far
  1. matt shobe March 16, 2008 7:35 pm

    Strongly agree. Anyone who knows me knows I’m a sucker for WWII historical fiction (not to mention the seldom boring fact-based stuff) and this was an extremely well-done production for no money whatsoever. Wonderful character acting, especially Peter Asle Holden (but I suspect Corbin Allred gets whatever glory there has been to go around.) Attention to historical detail put movies with 10x budgets to shame.

    Filmed in Utah (I think), which the filmmakers molded into a pretty convincing Belgian Ardennes, if you can possibly believe that.

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