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Dark Blue World
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by Steve in Prague

"One of the top 5 war movies ever made..."
5 stars

dark Blue World cost a grand total of $7 million to make. And for this budget it blows the $125 million dollar Pearl Harbor out of the water.

Dark Blue World has a special place in my heart. Living in Prague, I remember the build up of hype to this film, directed by Jan Sverák and written by his father, Zdenek Sverák, the same team behind the Oscar winner Kolja. The anticipation to his film here in the Czech Republic was the same, if not greater, than the build up to the Phantom Menace in the USA.

The film tells the story, via flashback, of a pair of Czecho-Slovak pilots flying for the RAF in WW2. The two pilots, played by Ondrej Vetchý and Krystof Hadek are best friends whose realtionship is tested by a woman played by Irish actress Tara Fitzgerald. Because of the language barrier problems inherent in having many foreign nationals flying in an English airforce, the pilots are given English lessons from a British officer played by Charles Dance (Golden Child, Last Action Hero, Alien 3)with hilarious results. Anyone who has ever tried to explain the difference between "lend" and "borrow" to a non native speaker of English will understand completely.

Of course, action abounds in a war movie and Dark Blue World delivers. Understand something, this movies budget was TOTAL OF ONLY 7 MILLION DOLLARS and its CGI generated battle scenes make Pearl Harbor's look like a cheese flick from the 1950's. See, it all in the DIRECTION people and Jan Sverák simply is a 100 times better director than Michael Bay will ever be. Tight editing and a sense of claustrophobia in battle not seen since Das Boot will have you gripping your seats.

Its hard not to review Dark Blue World without making references to Pearl Harbor for the simple fact that the Czech film is everything Pearl Harbor WASNT...brilliant acting, a BELIEVEABLE romantic subplot, historically ACCURATE, lovingly directed, and battle scenes that do not become the sole focus of seeing the film.

Dark Blue World has been in release here in the Czech Republic for 9 months and the cinemas are STILL sold out. It has captured the hearts of this country, and is without a doubt the best Czech film ever made, and one of the 5 best war movies ever.

Take a note Hollywood: THIS is how you make a historical film..hell, this is how you make a movie PERIOD.

Jan Sverák Zdenek Sverák Ondrej Vetchý
Krystof Hadek Fucking Awesome 0%
Tara Fitzgerald Worth A Look 100%
Our Reviewer Says: Charles Dance Just Average 0%
[This movie hasn't been reviewed yet] Oldrich Kaiser Pretty Crappy 0%
Anna Massey

Dark Blue World deserves the Best Foreign film Oscar this year..hell, it should be nominated for best Film overall.

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User Comments

11/17/05 sam fantastic 5 stars
7/10/05 Phil M. Aficionado Considering the low budget, it is a remarkably watchable film; pacing could be tightened up 4 stars
4/25/05 Gabby a nice little war drama 4 stars
4/12/04 Martin Buck A Poem on Film - magnificent! 5 stars
5/18/03 Y2mckay Solid acting, good script, competently filmed dogfights, love story not unbearable like PH 4 stars
9/29/02 Peter Sherlock Every cliche in the book and endless boring air fight scenes 2 stars
5/30/02 ^Elendil^ I didn't get much out of this. 3 stars
5/17/02 viking Not as good as Kolya, but definately worth seeing 4 stars
4/10/02 J. Anthony Excellent film -- much more heart and real life feel than the pulp in generic war movies. 5 stars
3/27/02 Dobrovsky Great film, great sound effects, incredibly attractive men. 5 stars
3/24/02 Dave This movie was pretty good and definatley deserves some Oscar consideration. 5 stars
3/21/02 Mr. Phill Fuck Seen 5 stars
3/17/02 Teresa Forgot I was reading subtitles. Loved it. 5 stars
2/16/02 The Critic of Bohemia No doubt intentionally moving, but not kitchy. Credible action scenes, good humor. 4 stars
1/30/02 J Waite Average 3 stars
1/28/02 Zuzana More than the best!!!!!!! 5 stars
1/09/02 Andrew Carden Better Then Pearl Harbor, but Still Doesn't Stay 100% True To The Fact. 4 stars
1/09/02 radium Nice acting, nice movie. 5 stars
12/31/01 Harper Sloane Better than Pearl Habor - less cheese, better dog fights 4 stars
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