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Age of Heroes Reviews

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September 4, 2017
Danny Dyer louses up a workmanlike WW2 movie with his cheeky cockney schtick. We used to do this sort of thing ( WW2 flag waver ) fairly competently.
The movie is a cut-rate Heroes of Telemark that looks like it was shot for TV.
½ August 30, 2017
This film lacks two things....plot and an ending.
½ July 5, 2017
This movie was really quite rivetting, with strong performances and a great story. I would have wanted it to be longer.
October 24, 2016
War film a bit short in people. It has a very realistic and unrehearsed tone that is best during the shooting sequences. We feel right there with the bullets flying around. Otherwise, it feels like a tv movie at times. The music is annoying and distracting as if the drama was not obvious enough. The insane things done at war do not amount to much heroism though, when you think about it.
October 24, 2016
War film a bit short in people. It has a very realistic and unrehearsed tone that is best during the shooting sequences. We feel right there with the bullets flying around. Otherwise, it feels like a tv movie at times. The music is annoying and distracting as if the drama was not obvious enough. The insane things done at war do not amount to much heroism though, when you think about it.
½ February 3, 2016
This movie showed a realistic operation n with all the twists & turns that it entails. It's not like a USA film where it all magically rights itself but shows the bravery of soldiers in a no win situation who then win.
June 6, 2015
Age of Heroes stands as the dramatization of Ian Fleming's commando unit during WWII. This is a very good adaptation of the story, with Sean Bean as the commander. The movie was action packed and thrilling. It felt real and you feel you are fighting amongst the Irish and British men. Definitely check this one out.
June 11, 2014
This is not exactly how they used to make and glorify World War II missions back in the heyday of this genre, despite a mainstream handling of this by the director there's no spice to the story.
½ June 8, 2014
This is a lesson in inept filmmaking. It has an excellent topic for its story but no sense of drama or even basic storytelling. It's like someone had seen a movie before but didn't know what its component parts were for. Best examples of this are the camera shots it makes. Opening scene of the movie: a bunch of guys running from the Germans. The camera pans up as it follows them and an unfocused mass of leaves appears in the foreground. Slowly the image focuses on them. It's a scene that's been done countless times before. Focus on the scene in the background and then suddenly draw attention to the threat in the foreground. It gives you a sense that you've seen the danger they haven't. But trees aren't dangerous, nor are the leaves used to transition to the next scene. I felt very confused wondering what the significance of those leaves was until I realized there was none. The director'd just seen it in a movie once and thought it looked cool.

The film is filled with moments like that. Odd camera choices that add nothing and sow confusion. Most obvious one I can think of is filming a massacre in black and white. The film goes out of its way to introduce a cameraman with a videocamera and then the scene switches to black and white. The idea being to add verisimilitude I guess by giving it the feel of an old documentary. But it doesn't feel that way. It takes more than shooting something in black and white to make it feel like documentary footage but all they do is remove the colors from their color footage. It doesn't add anything and whenever a film makes an unusual choice like that you expect it to mean something.

The plot's not well sorted either with none of the characters explored or difficulties explained. I have no idea why their mission ran into problems because the film never bothered to tell me. The lead actor's not very good and his character is poorly defined but unpleasant. Ian Fleming is not very Ian Fleming-like and you never really understand what his involvement is. He could be completely written out without affecting the film. Sean Bean is playing a part that I'm pretty sure was written for a much younger actor. Aside from the fact it seems odd to see a man of his years on a commando mission he's written as having an infant son, which generally implies a character in their early thirties. I'd avoid spoiling whether we can add this to a string of Sean Bean death scenes but I honestly don't know what happened to him. I mean, I have some idea, but the ending is so badly shot you can't tell what's happening. And then it abruptly ends with everyone out of danger somehow and for some reason. Crazy.

Age of Heroes. It's a good title. It's just one the filmmakers never live up to. They seem to be treating the term ironically, but apart from one scene near the beginning they never really play off that. Which is exactly the level of self-awareness I'd expect from a film assembled this poorly. Scenery's nice thoughâ?¦
April 26, 2014
Totalmente Empolgante,Sensacional Filme De Guerra Sean Bean Está Ótimo
½ March 13, 2014
Fairly conventional low-budget WWII movie about a small unit on a special operation in Norway. If you're looking for big budget special effects or painstaking accuracy in small details Age of Heroes isn't a movie you'll enjoy.

On the other hand, the plot is believable (loosely based on a mission by 30 Commando), there's plenty of action, the acting is decent, and it doesn't drag in places as often happens with war movies. Oh, and Izabella Miko is a knockout as a Norwegian resistance fighter.
March 2, 2014
The crux is the brilliant portraits of Dyer and Bean that entwine us to our emotions till the end.
Entertainment of thrill at max.
½ December 20, 2013
Watched it twice... gripped me from the start.. well scripted, well directed, acting excellent... gives an authentic feel to the reality of those times, the toughness of the men and the dangers they faced with a ruthless enemy snapping at their heels... dyer was very credible... and the whole film is put in context throughout... who needs Hollywood budgets when our boys do a great job with the budget they have.
December 18, 2013
Fairly average WW2 action pic, but with the interesting twist that it attempts to portray one of the operations Ian Fleming ran before inventing James Bond. I didn't think Danny Dyer was going to make for a good Fleming and he doesn't - he's one of the rough diamonds who joins Fleming's Commandoes and he's quite good as that. The film is fairly reminiscent of The Heroes Of Telemark ( Commandoes, Norway, lots of snow).
½ November 23, 2013
Just couldn't keep my interest long enough to finish it.
October 28, 2013
While realistic, surprising, and possessing brief moments of brilliance- an inadequate conclusion and problematic pacing keep this Bean-movie from his hall of glory.
October 18, 2013
Ian Fleming was in this unit.
September 9, 2013
Dear god... The movie is over? That feeling of confusion and disappointment is exactly what this film carried through out. Tsk tsk Sean Bean.
August 10, 2013
An okay film let down by an abysmal "oh dear, the budget's ran out" ending...
June 28, 2013
This is the worst movie I have ever experienced I wanted to kill myself half way threw for several reasons 1 the horrible acting 2 the horrible plot and 3 confusing ending. There is probably another 30 reasons why this movie is so horrible but I would be here all night if I was to state them all this movie sucks dont waist your time.
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