Analysis Of The Movie ' Defiance '

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Defiance is a movie written, directed and produced by Edward Zwick. This movie’s setting is in Nazi occupied territory in Belarus during World War II. The storyline follows the Bielski brothers as they attempt to evade capture and fight for their lives, and over the course of the movie, the lives of twelve hundred other Jewish survivors on their quest for life, liberty and the new promised land. The film features Daniel Craig as Tuvia Bielski, Liev Schreiber as Zus Bielski, Jamie Bell as Asael Bielski and George MacKay as Aron Bielski. The film is based upon the novel Defiance: The Bielski Partisans written by Nechama Tec and is a true story s of survival during the Nazi occupation of eastern Europe. This is a gripping movie full of…show more content…
The director pulls the viewer into the struggle to survive and what it feels like to be hunted like animals. Hearing of the dissident Bielskis, other Jewish refugees begin to come to join the camp. Unable to provide for themselves adequately, the brothers argue over how they will take care of a growing colony of people, Zwick builds in tension between the Bielskis in an ever increasing fashion leading the moviegoer to wonder when the breaking point will come - and that it does. Anyone with siblings can relate to this pressure cooker atmosphere when you have just had enough. There is a battle between savage and civility, both inside the camp and outside. The eldest Bielski sets the tone for the behavior for those within his camp stating, “[w]e may be hunted like animals, but we will not become animals” (Zwick, Defiance). Tensions continue to rise to the point of an altercation, leading to a separation in the Bielski clan - Zus joins the Russian army rebels who are also hiding out in the forest. The director shows the stark difference between the brothers when it comes to taking a life, Tuvia going out of his way not to pull the trigger and Zus not hesitating one second. Both are leaders but with differing views of what being a leader means. The winter came, and brought with it sickness, strife, starvation, death and more Jewish refugees. Many undertones are laid equating Tuvia to Moses
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