Was at home on a rainy Sunday afternoon and decided to watch a World War II movie – Defiance. I have had it for quite some time yet never got time to watch it. A recent hard drive crash (heart breaking it was ) reduced my movie-watching options to just a few! So I picked up Defiance in the hope that it will lighten up my day.
Laid back with some ice-cream (to replace the popcorn off course) the movie rolled on. I was surprised to see Daniel Craig in the movie and even more surprised that I didn’t know about it!! Anyways, the movie is about the struggle of a four Jews – brothers Tuvia (Daniel Craig), Zus (Liev Schreiber), Asael (Jamie Bell), and Aron (George MacKay). Fleeing from the clutches of the Nazis who killed their parents as they killed countless millions of Jews under the aegis of Adolf Hitler, the brothers take refuge in the forests of Belarus. Vowing to take revenge, the brothers avenge the death of their family. What began as the will to survive until revenge was taken slowly became something else. The brothers took 100s of fleeing Jews under their protection and soon enough they formed a community in the forest. Stealing from the Germans and provided protection from the Russians, the community thrived and by the end of the war it was more than a 1000 strong.
The movie depicts the survival story of perhaps the few remaining Jews back then who may now be responsible for 1000s of offsprings all these years. The lives saved, thanks to the efforts of the Bielski brothers, in many ways, saved an entire community from extinction. It truly is an amazing story about survival through the worst nightmares one can imagine.