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Don't resist Norweigan war film, Max Manus

Forget 3D: take advantage of having a foreign film on our local screens.


With an unoriginal tone that reflects the usual austerity of WWII dramas, Norwegian film Max Manus nonetheless has a good story and tells it well. Portraying the true story of resistance fighter Max Manus (Aksel Hennie), famous for his death-defying escape from Gestapo clutches and his work as a saboteur of several Nazi war ships, the film portrays his exploits with solemn revere. The movie is tense at parts and touching in its final act, where the anguish of losing comrades over the course of the war finally overwhelms Max's spirit. Max Manus, being a foreign film on local screens, is a rare treat worth savouring, but the film itself lacks the necessary audacity to be memorable.

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Max Manus

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Director: Joachim Roenning and Espen Sandberg

Writer: Thomas Nordseth-Tiller

Producer: Sveinung Golimo and John M. Jacobsen

Cast: Julia Bache-Wiig, Nicolai Cleve Broch, Ron Donachie, Ken Duken, Nils Düwell, Mats Eldøen, Eirik Evjen, Patrick Güldenberg, Aksel Hennie and Stig Henrik Hoff

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