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In Darkness - 21/3/2012 1:18:20 PM   
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Baggy but admirable WWII endurance story - 21/3/2012 1:18:20 PM   
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There are a number of things to appreciate about this Polish-set WWII feature. It's interesting to see that the main protagonist's act of Schindler-esque decency is initially motivated by the prospect of his pockets being filled rather than anything humanitarian. It's admirable that in order to raise the stakes of his inner conflict, the jewish people he opts to help are largely painted as selfish, greedy & ungrateful individuals whom most people would struggle to get out of bed for - never mind shield them from Nazi occupation. In a visual sense, the contrast between the darkness of the sewers compared to the brightness of the outdoors is also very impressive - adding a lot to the claustrophobic feeling of what it would be like to be trapped underground for fourteen months or the liberating feeling of simply coming up from below. Even the small things such as the children's near playful approach to dealing with rats subtly displays the adjustment the characters have made to their dank surroundings. Where it falters comes from its running time (it's around 30 minutes too long), its success in projecting the lapses of time (we tend to rely on dialogue rather than anything else in order to get a sense that months have passed between scenes) and the fact that there are four different sex scenes - all of which are completely unnecessary in the grand scheme of things (although perhaps there's an argument that in doing so it shows how their circumstance have reduced the hiding Jews to their most primitive form of desire, whilst one plot thread does emerge from an act of intimacy). Baggy overall, but absolutely not without merit.

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Like Shindler's list but more rats. - 21/3/2012 9:15:30 PM   
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Quite slow going and seems longer than it actually is, but worth it in the end.

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Good film - 23/3/2012 1:28:11 PM   
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This film was let down by a direction that could have been a tad sharper. All in all a good film that is certainly worth the watch.

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