First Squad: The Moment of Truth

2009

Action / Animation / Drama / History / Sci-Fi / War

152
IMDb Rating 5.6 10 1,487

Synopsis


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Cast

Karen Strassman as First Blonde
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550.15 MB
1280*720
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
73 min
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1.1 GB
1920×1080
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
73 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Krush_Burner 7 / 10 / 10

Unusual way to tell a WWII story

Well, I saw it just a few hours ago and must admit it was good - not great, not a masterpiece, but still well made story. Although I'm not a die-hard anime fan, this one looks interesting. Storyline revolves around a battle between secret Nazi and Soviet organizations which uses supernatural powers to win the war on Eastern front. Germans summon the spirit of an evil Teutonic knight and his minons, so the Soviets try to stop them with help of The First Squad - a group of teenagers with paranormal abilities. As for me, it sounds promising. Besides, story got a nice style anyway. If you're want to see some unusual story about the WWII, you gotta see that one.

Reviewed by ewe-575-766945 2 / 10 / 10

It is excellent movie

It is a true masterpiece. But not for mainstream hamburger eaters. The great story. The movie addresses history and a lot of Soviet era archetypes, as well as spiritual side of life. It makes the film interesting for any nation. A lot of people in Soviet Union was up-brought on the idea of spiritual strength of Motherland defenders and readiness to sacrifice own life defending Motherland. This makes them comparable to Japanese fighters. All of them were taught that the spirit of people is winning wars, not tanks or bombs. That's one of the ideas of the film as I see it. Though there are disputes now under way were Soviets good or bad guys in WWII, some facts are indisputable. 1) A most of German nation was brainwashed and declared themselves supermen. A lot of ideological, manipulative and even occult methods were applied to do it. 2) The Soviet people faced a prospect of slavery and holocaust from Nazis. Though Soviet government was also very aggressive and did a lot to kill and convict a lot of Soviets as well, poor soviet people had no choice but fight for the survival. The survival of Motherland (even so cruel to own citizens), people, and family, culture and history, but not personal survival only. The chance to survive was minimal, but the spirit was very strong. The own live was something many of these people were ready to sacrifice for victory. It was mass heroism, and not fanaticism. Most of them were just usual people, not samurais or specially trained professionals. The wave of the people outrage towards Nazis was tremendous. Majority of fighters (unlike modern Islam kamikaze) did not believe in Heavens and rewards after life or heroic death, they knew that there were almost no chance to stay alive, they wanted victory and were ready to pay for it. And if after death they had a chance to fight, most of them were happy to do it. So many times Nazis were about to win, but something helped Russians again and again. E.g. Nazies were stopped in the Moscow suburbs with almost no Russian troops behind them. There were some other critical moments in this war when every little thing could play a main role in human history. If either Moscow or Stalingrad were captured, or in Battle of Kursk soviets were defeated WWII could be won by Nazis, US and UK alone without Soviets would never win the war, because Soviets paid the bloodiest price for the victory over the Nazis and were decisive power. So such moments are very interesting points of the history and issues in human psychology. The moments when the border between life and death is so illusive. I think that film creators by the artistic means succeeded to give a very interesting interpretation of such moments. So the film is a great and intellectual entertainment, it is much much better then thousands of other animated works. Great job guys! Thank you!

Reviewed by Elekay 2 / 10 / 10

Terrible

Rarely have I been so disappointed with a movie. There is so many terrible, terrible things that it's hard where to begin. Spoilers ahead. First of all, the movie is constantly interrupted by so-called historians or veterans to divulge some documentary about the war, the occult research going on and so on, to give a sense of truth to the movie. Except, they ruin what little pacing the animation has itself, making the movie drag for so long pointlessly. Some action scenes are interrupted by these same interventions, and ultimately serve little to no purpose. The main story involve Nadya, who is the only character who is remotely developed in the whole movie. But even that is a joke. She is an amnesiac (wow, so original) who is a member of the titular squad, and happens to be rescued by a monk who tells her she needs to stop evil Nazis from raising a dead knight. But the story does not flow - it's an briefing, the character plainly and boringly explains what Nadya must do. Then he is ambushed by what seems to be She-Wolves of the SS, and after a mildly spectacular fight (why the old man can even lift his cane is anyone's wonder), apparently dies. Then Nadya is sent back into the underworld to find the spirits of her friends, to bring them back and to fight the evil Nazi undead knight. She is captured by zombies, who apparently take prisoner in this movie, and sent to a butcher undead wearing a pig's mask. After a miracle rescue, she is brought back to the living world where she meets again the old man for no real purpose. They expose some nonsense about moment of truth, then she summons her friend through sheer force of will and a boring fight ensues. In the end, the knight escapes, the Nazis who summoned him are still there, and her friend disappear without any conclusion. The movie does not end, simply. Not only does the story make absolutely no sense, but the characterization is even worse than the worse Hollywoodian summer thrash. Voice actors have absolutely no emotions, and simply read their script. Subtitles did not always match the voice, the animation used a lot of stills for a movie, and the constant interruption of experts ruins the little fun you can have from this movie. There is nothing intellectual, either, as nothing is explored in any manner of depth. Words spoken only carry air, the historical facts are probably ripped off Wikipedia and there is no feel of urgency in the war. Even the horrors of warfare came up lifeless. There is no soul nor emotion in any part of this movie, and aside from two weak tentative, there is nothing even funny. I give 2 stars for the action scenes, which are not completely worthless, and the character design, which is great. In some moments, the animation can also be amazing, at times, for instance the knight and the final fight are well done. Avoid at all cost, unless you're really into WWII and the Russian side of the story, but even that is awfully thin. If the whole length of the movie had been devoted to the actual story instead of the interventions, it might have been awesome. Sadly, it proves the line between awesome and awful is thin indeed.

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