Movie Review #4765: THE FORGOTTEN BATTLE
Dutch WWII movie on Netflix which is essentially three tales that bisect at varying stages. There’s the German soldier, the Dutch doctor’s family & the downed Allied glider crew each with their own story, all built around the Battle of Scheldt, the offensive to wrest Antwerp from German control and open it up to Allied shipping.
Gritty but not bloody, violent but not OTT, it resists the temptation to descend into shock tactics but does portray well the carnage of war and the horrendous waste of human life. One wrong step in any direction and it would have spelt the end for each of the three main protagonists with numerous comrades falling by the wayside during various melees.
Cinematography is the usual dark European fare but it uses the illumination of explosions to great effect.
No big climax at the end just a carry on as you were segment that fades out with the customary what happened notes.
Didn’t recognise any of the names but then given I’m not familiar with the Dutch movie industry I didn’t expect to.
Well worth a look for war movie fans.
I'm a movie nut from way back with my first ever being The Hallelujah Trail from 1964. Ever since, I've been mesmerized by the giant screen, and the darkness that went on forever. Despite the infernally uncomfortable seats, (plus having to stand for God Save the Queen), I've been enticed ever since to duck into a theatre whenever I can for a few hours of escapism.