Cross Of Honour Review

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Shot down with a fellow crew member over the Norwegian fjords, RAF airman Robert Smith (Grint) takes shelter from the life-threatening blizzards in an abandoned cabin. Unfortunately a Luftwaffe aircrew has beaten them to it.


Based on a true-life incident in 1940, this Norwegian war flick ponders whether enemies can set aside their differences in the name of survival, and how Rupert Grint’s broomstick skills might translate to a fighter plane. The latter is answered in a cannily staged opening in which Grint and a fellow British airman crash in snowy fjordlands and are forced to take shelter with three downed Germans. There are poignant beats as hatred gives way to understanding, but the scenario inches forward with the grim predictability of a glacier. Less Hell In The Pacific, more Enemy Nein.

The performances are solid - Goodbye Lenin! actor Florian Lukas is the standout - but ponderous pacing makes this true-life tale a lot less enthralling than it might have been.