Enemy at the Gates (2001)

Enemy at the Gates (2001)
  • Time: 131 min
  • Genre: Drama | History | Thriller
  • Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud
  • Cast: Ed Harris, Jude Law, Rachel Weisz, Joseph Fiennes, Bob Hoskins


In World War II, the fall of Stalingrad will mean the collapse of the whole country. The Germans and Russians are fighting over every block, leaving only ruins behind. The Russian sniper Vassili Zaitsev stalks the Germans, taking them out one by one, thus hurting the morale of the German troops. The political officer Danilov leads him on, publishing his efforts to give his countrymen some hope. But Vassili eventually start to feel that he can not live up to the expectations on him. He and Danilov fall in love with the same girl, Tanya, a female soldier. From Germany comes the master sniper K├Ânig to put an end to the extraordinary skilled Russian sniper.

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  • I had heard so many great things about this movie up until last year. So when I saw that it was upcoming on my TV guide, I had to set a recording for it. A few nights after that, I watched it and was blown away! I hadn’t seen really good war movie in awhile so it really surprised me.

    One of the best parts of the movie if not the best part is the plot. It definitely has a cat-and-mouse type of feel to it. To me, the sniper part of it makes the movie that much more exciting. Multiple times I found myself with my mouth wide open due to the suspense. Another thing I really liked was the countinuous amount of tricks each sniper pulls on the other. Whoever thought them up was very clever.

    If I could complain about anything, it would be the inaccuracy of the character’s accents. The main characters are supposed to be Russian, but they all speak with an accent that is clearly British. It just felt like the actors weren’t smart enough to realize they were playing Russians and not Brits. Oh well, it’s not that important but it took away the Russian culture.

    Overall, it’s a great movie to watch, it even has a fictional love story that incorporates more characters and of course a girl… what kind of movie has a cast that consists 100% of male actors right? I would definitely recommend this to anybody that likes war movies.

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