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The film depicts an emotional affair on the fiery battle at Stalingrad. When the German Army march and gain the other side of Volga River, the Red Army are ordered to withdraw. However, a small group of six soldiers seek to stay and hide at the house of a woman who is Masha. The tenacious struggle to the Nazi army begins from here and they determines to protect Masha to the end.
while the narrative encourages a sense of philosophical reflection about the horrors of war, the film's video-game-inspired look constantly puts us at a distance by overly aestheticizing the violence with extreme slow motion and bullet time effects
It's exciting to see post-communism Russian cinema patriotically revisiting its own history like this. I didn't mind the clichés, because part of Stalingrad's 131-minute charm is that in some ways it feels 40 years old.
To wave a flag, sing a song and celebrate it as the uncomplicated and inevitable victory of good over evil is the sort of easy message only an old propagandist - or a president for life - could really cheer.
Too often does [Bondarchuk] goad his characters to brim over with righteous bloodlust-and, despite the occasional obligatory misgiving about the barbarism of war, goads the audience to lust right along with them.