Running time: 131 minutes
The film tells the story of the Battle of Stalingrad in 1942. The main theme, in addition to scenes of fighting, a great duel between the Russian sniper Vasily Zaytsev and Major Erwin German Königiem. It is very realistic, well-realized film.
In 1942 one of the most bloodiest battles of World War 2 was in the full swing - the Battle of Stalingrad. Young Russian Vasily Zaytsev is among the thousands of inexperienced and unequipped soldiers dropped in the middle of the battle as cannon fodder. Using the rifle he took from dead soldier he proves to be a sharp shooter, so he is assigned to sniper team, where he improves his natural talent. Communist party commisar tries to use Zaytsev for the propaganda purposes - he spreads leaflets and newspapers praising Vasily for every kill. Soon the fame of Zaytsev reaches Nikita Khrushchev, who thinks that it is great opportunity to create a hero the nation needs right now. But the same informations are reaching the Germans, who decide to stop Zaytsev and kill his legend and the same time. Major Erwin Konig, the best and most experienced sniper the Germans have, is transfered from sniper academy, where he is a lecturer, to Stalingrad to return to active service. The duel between two best snipers is about to begin. Setting - the ruins of Stalingrad, goal - kill before the enemy will detect you.
The film presenting one of the stories from Stalingrad - the duels of snipers in the decisive battle on the Eastern Front of World War 2. Although the duel is the main plot, we also have here the love story (sort of) and the more personal aspects of the fight. The film was based on real events, but only based - Zaytsev was real, but none of the events actually took place. It is very good war film, realistic and full of memorable scenes.
Our rating: 8.8 / 10
Film value: 9 / 10
Realism factor: 4 / 5
Adventure factor: 5 / 5
Historical accuracy factor: 4 / 5
World War II
Battle of Stalingrad
War films are not always showing the war per se - often the main theme is the influence of the conflict on lives of people involved, but also their families and friends. War is seldom a local thing - the trauma, the pain, the death they put their mark on people from around the world.