Saturday, 26 October 2013

Resistance (2011)

This somnolent saga of an alt reality in which D Day was a disaster and the German forces went on to invade Britain, focuses on a troop stationed in a remote Welsh valley and the rural womenfolk left behind - the men having taken to the caves and hills to serve as a covert resistance - each having to slowly rely on one another during a harsh winter.

It's a very dour, slow moving and ponderous film, based on the novel by Owen Sheers (I haven't read it) and the first feature of director Amit Gupta, who co-wrote the screenplay with Sheers. The two things that stand out the most from this effort are the sound production - mumbling dialogue is offset by much louder effects; howling winds, rainfall, wildlife noises, the roar of jeep engines and the occasional burst of gunfire in flashback scenes - and the film's leading lady, the inimitable Andrea Riseborough who I have been pegging as a future national treasure for some time now. Mark my words, I said the same about Olivia Colman. Riseborough's position is assured even in such a leaden well meaning effort as this.

Ultimately, Resistance is a bit of a somnambulant slog. There's nothing here that you wouldn't find better handled in the classic Went The Day Well or even in old episodes of the Channel Islands set historically accurate Nazi invasion drama Enemy at the Door.

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