Written by Steve ‘Frosty’ Weintraub
Opening on December 31st and expanding on January 16th is “Defiance”. The movie is based on the extraordinary true story of a group of Jews that banded together to survive in a forest in Eastern Europe during WW2. The film was directed by Edward Zwick and it stars Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber and Jamie Bell as the three Jewish brothers that made it all happen. Here’s the synopsis:
The year is 1941 and the Jews of Eastern Europe are being massacred by the thousands. Managing to escape certain death, three brothers take refuge in the dense surrounding woods they have known since childhood. There they begin their desperate battle against the Nazis. Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber and Jamie Bell star as brothers who turn a primitive struggle to survive into something far more consequential – a way to avenge the deaths of their loved ones by saving thousands of others.
At first it is all they can do to stay alive. But gradually, as whispers of their daring spreads, they begin to attract others – men and women, young and old – willing to risk everything for the sake of even a moment’s freedom. Tuvia (Daniel Craig) is a reluctant leader and his decisions are challenged by his brother, Zus (Liev Schreiber)who worries that Tuvia’s idealistic plans will doom them all. Asael (Jamie Bell) is the youngest – caught between his brothers’ fierce rivalry. As a brutal winter descends, they work to create a community, and to keep faith alive when all humanity appeared to be lost.
“Defiance” is directed by Edward Zwick (Blood Diamond, Glory) from a screenplay by Zwick and Clay Frohman, based on Nechama Tec’s non-fiction book of the same name.
In the coming week we’ll have interviews with the cast and director Edward Zwick, but until then, here are a few movie clips and the trailer:
Clip 1 – At least we die like human beings
Clip 2 – We have to stick together
Clip 3 – As they were
Clip 4 – The medicine helped