Enemy at the Gates

Enemy at the Gates

2001 | Jean-Jacques Annaud

A Russian and a German sniper play a game of cat-and-mouse during the Battle of Stalingrad.

Average rating   7.5 out of 10

(4.43) Fury | (3.11) Defiance | (2.96) Sniper: Ghost Shooter | (2.79) Appaloosa | (2.71) Behind Enemy Lines

Niels Risgaard Hansen     2014-01-13 8 out of 10

The Enemy might be at the Gates, but Vasilij Zajcev is on guard and you can almost sense him quoting Gandalf - “Thou Shall Not Pass!”

I have always been a great fan of sniper movies, and as I recall it my wife bought me this movie on VHS when we started going out. I think I must have watched it at least 10 times before we threw the VHS video out. Now my current streaming service suggested it to me, and I thought I would have another go at it. And yes! It is still a good movie!

There is no real surprises in it and it does end just like you expect it (sorry for the spoiler - if any), but each individual sniper setup is still very thrilling and each time you wonder who is going to come out victorious and how. I really like that.

I have always seen Jude Law as this squeaky clean, very confident lover boy with an oh-so-adorable british accent, but in this movie he is actually insecure, humble and quite dirty in literally every scene. That really show his diversity (and probably makes the girls love him even more).
Ed Harris playing the German major is perfect for his part and the same goes for Bob Hoskins as Khrushchev.

As mentioned before the sniper setups are really good, and the special effects are very appropriately not taking the focus while still being realistic and war-like scary. Well done.

I think my favorite quote is “The one with the rifle shoots, the other one follows. When the one with the rifle gets shot, the other one picks up the rifle and shoots!”.

Watch this if you like sniper movies, World War II movies or army movies in general.

Peter Buchardt     2011-02-27 7 out of 10

Have in mind that one of the stars given here is given because it's a sniper movie, and a good one. So basicly I'm giving the movie a 6 of 10.

It pisses me off every time a American produced movie, that takes place some where outside of the US has to have everybody speaking english. Ok ok they make them speak english with a terrible accent, but that doesn't help much does it?

The movie seems to give some historical insight in the battle for Stalingrad in 1942/43, but the producers has chosen to fill it with kliché plot elements, which might be true, but as I see it is NOT important to the core plot.

As mentioned above it is a good sniper movie, and I can appreciate that a whole lot, but not all the way.

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