Max Manus: Man of War

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Though not without its moments, this latest tale of wartime derring-do rarely dares to enter uncharted territory in its episodic take on the military exploits of  Max Manus, a pivotal member of the resistance movement in Nazi-occupied Norway. Pasty-faced Aksel Hennie plays Manus as an indefatigable, unambiguous (though likeable) action hero, happy to risk life and limb in the name of his homeland.

It’s the action sequences which leave the biggest impression, especially a nail-biting set piece in which Manus rows into a dockyard and attaches mines to two German ships. Yet too many of the connecting scenes are blemished by a reliance on hastily sketched side characters and opt for melodramatic glorification over a more nuanced exploration of Manus’s deeds. It also suffers in comparison to Paul Verhoeven’s ‘Soldier of Orange’ and Ole Christian Madsen’s recent ‘Flame and Citron’.

Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday June 5 2009
Duration: 115 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg
Cast: Aksel Hennie
Stig Henrik Hoff
Ken Duken
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ECRKlaveness

What you fail to realise is that this film is a TRUE STORY; and this man deserves his glory. Maybe you, as a person with no concept of the Norwegian wartime resistance, have no understanding for this. But the scene in which Manus paddled across a fully lit harbour is TRUE. He did that; and moreover, he was actually seen by several harbour guards who saw it best not to raise the alarm. The "hastily sketched characters" were real people. Gregers Gram was actually killed, along with Edvard Tallaksen. It's blatantly arrogant and ignorant of you to write of a film like this when you so clearly have no concept of its background.

ECRKlaveness

What you fail to realise is that this film is a TRUE STORY; and this man deserves his glory. Maybe you, as a person with no concept of the Norwegian wartime resistance, have no understanding for this. But the scene in which Manus paddled across a fully lit harbour is TRUE. He did that; and moreover, he was actually seen by several harbour guards who saw it best not to raise the alarm. The "hastily sketched characters" were real people. Gregers Gram was actually killed, along with Edvard Tallaksen. It's blatantly arrogant and ignorant of you to write of a film like this when you so clearly have no concept of its background.