Posts Tagged ‘True Story’

“Brian Banks” A Heart-Stopping True Story

August 8th, 2019 No comments




Review by John Delia

An absolute winner, the movie Brian Banks gives what most other films of its kind fails to do. The movie is an honest look at an issue that has been a concern for many years, and delivers it with emotion, open mindedness and without disparages. Beyond the fact that it’s a call to task to not rush to judgement, the film has heart, race-blindness and due diligence to never give up. It’s a must see inspirational movie that pushes the envelope. Read more…

“Breakthrough” Teen View

April 16th, 2019 No comments





Review by Ian Delia, Teen Writer

A good time to praise the lord just as many others have in the movie Breakthrough. A beautiful true story of young John who fought for his life and the miracle brought through his belief Christ. This movie shows the amazing things you can be blessed with prayer and faith. Get ready to laugh and smile, but be prepared to cry your heart out with sweet tears. I suggest bringing tissues with you, bring a lot. Read more…

“JUNGLE” (Written Review & Trailer)

October 20th, 2017 No comments







Review by John Delia, Sr.

Turning a perfect trip into a life or death adventure, 4 men travel on a Bolivian excursion in the film Jungle. Where there was beauty comes a massive land of treacherous mountains, overgrown forest and wildlife looking for a meal, it’s that kind of journey. The true story stars Daniel Radcliff in the lead role and is directed by Greg McLean who brought Wolf Creek to the screen. Read more…

“Hidden Figures” (Written Film Review & Trailer)

January 4th, 2017 No comments







Review by John M. Delia, Jr.

The important true and historic film Hidden Figures reveals the many African American women behind America’s success in space exploration during the 1960’s. The struggles with racial equality during that period was at a high point, yet it took a specialized group of African American women to make huge strides in our countries ability to send a man into space. The movie opens yet another significant window in the continuous struggle for equality in America. Read more…

“Lion” (Foreign Film Written Review & Trailer)

December 18th, 2016 No comments






Review by John Delia

Most foreign films are sidestepped in the United States for various reasons especially due to having to read subtitles. Because of this some excellent films are avoided by many and they lose the experience of outstanding stories. I am hoping that this will not be the case for the movie Lion that will be in theaters around America starting on December 21.

The film outshines many of the movies made here in USA and the heartfelt true story of Lion delivers amazing acting, direction and cinematography. It’s not about the jungle animal, but refers to the strength of a young boy who tries to survive alone in a threatening world. Read more…

“Tanna” (Foreign Film Review & Trailer)

September 29th, 2016 No comments







Review by John Delia

Quite an undertaking with a very good result the movie Tanna tells a touching “Romeo and Juliet” story in the most striking way. Filmed on the island of Vanuatu in the South Pacific using tribes that still inhabit the volcanic isle, Directors Martin Butler and Bentley Dean fashion a story based on a true happening. Not the ordinary staged Shakespearean presentation, but one that has all the substance of the tale of forbidden love. Read more…

The Infiltrator (Written Review and Trailer)

July 14th, 2016 No comments







Review by John Delia

Based on a true story, the film The Infiltrator takes the audience into an undercover operation in the late 1980’s that takes on the biggest drug cartel in the world. Nicely directed by Brad Furman with a stellar cast, the film gets down to the nitty gritty of the secret operation that put the major cartel in turmoil. Read more…

The Finest Hours (Film Review and Trailer)

January 28th, 2016 No comments

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Review by John Delia

One of the most visually spectacular sea stories The Finest Hours shows the courage, determination and stamina of a small crew of Coast Guardsmen who faced death during rescue operation in a raging storm. The depiction of the factual account gets so realistic and powerful that it will put you on the edge of your seat. The cinematography and CGI take you for a scary rollercoaster ride on huge waves during a tempest that’s one of the most remarkable piece of film footage for the screen. Read more…

The Imitation Game, a Captivating True Story (Film Review)

December 6th, 2014 No comments



Review by John Delia

Intriguing, suspenseful and compelling, the biography/drama The Imitation Game never allows a dull moment. The film takes some odd twists as it plays out taking its audience into the mind of Alan Turing, a brilliant man who shortened World War II and developed the forerunner of our modern day communications. Outstanding acting by leads Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley should get them attention for an Oscar. Read more…

In Darkness, Review by John Delia

April 5th, 2012 No comments






Review by John Delia

One of the most compelling true stories has opened in theaters.  The World War II film is called In Darkness and tells the incredible story of the attempted slaughter of Jews in a Polish city.  Intolerable, painful and realistic the tragic attempted extermination shows the heroism of some Polish citizens who sacrificed their own well being for the sake of others.  

The account of the happenings over a 14 month period in 1943 Poland involve Leopold Socha (Robert Więckiewicz) a sewer worker and petty thief trying to survive in a time of a forced depressed economy devised by the Nazis to keep control over the city. Along with his friend the two pilfer from unoccupied dwellings and anywhere they can find something of value left behind by murdered Jews.  

The Russians are closing in on the city and the Nazis are slowly moving out leaving the stench of death in their wake.  Leopold comes up with a plan to try and save as many Jews as he can in the sewers where he works for their money and jewels.  The sewers are filthy but the Jewish families he has gathered see no escape other than this.  When Bortnik (Michal Zurawski), an old friend and high level Ukrainian Officer complicit with the Nazis offers Leopold a deal to search the sewers for Jews, things start to take an unexpected turn that puts him and his own family in jeopardy.

Jewish woman flees German capture during a roundup

The sets, cinematography and special make-up are creative depicting the filth and claustrophobic underground in which the Jewish families had to hide.  The endless tunnels create a labyrinth that unless one knows how to navigate the system, it may develop into a tragedy, especially for the youngsters of the group.  The stench and unsanitary conditions in which they had to live create a queasy feeling.  

Director Agnieszka Holland takes his cameras deep into the cavernous sets and spins the most degrading part of his story.  Here the families lived for over a year surviving on little food, unsanitary water, cramp conditions, in a darkness of what was above them and their future.  With little outside contact except for a Jewish con man Mundek Margulies (Benno Furmann) and Leopold the families were unaware of the grave circumstances involving hangings, murder and atrocities that may have ended their lives above their sanctuary.

The film does have a ‘Hollywood’ flavor, but screenwriter David F. Shamoon bases his story on fact from a book by Robert Marshall called In the “Sewers of Lvov”.  The inhumanity to man are depicted realistically showing the cruelty, degradation and depravity of the Nazis in their attempt to control Poland and continue their cleansing quest. The film offers no solution, just heroism and a showing of kindness however minuscule in the reality of all the countries that faced the extermination of their people.

The MPAA has rated In Darkness R for violence, disturbing images, sexuality, nudity and language.  The movie is shown in several combined languages including Polish, German and Yiddish with English subtitles. It was one of the five films chosen by the Academy of Motion Pictures under the category of Best Foreign Language Film.

FINAL ANALYSIS:  An outstanding account of Nazi injustice. (5 stars)   

Additional film information:

  • Cast: Robert Więckiewicz, Benno Fürmann, Agnieszka Grochowska, Maria Schrader, and Herbert Knaup
  • Directed by: Agnieszka Holland  
  • MPAA Rating: R for violence, disturbing images, sexuality, nudity and language
  • Genre: War, Foreign,  
  • Running Time: 2 hrs 15 min
  • Opening Date: April 6, 2012
  • Languages: Polish/German/Yiddish/Ukrainian (with English Subtitles)
  • Honors: Oscar Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film (Poland), Critics’ Choice Movie Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film
  • Distributed by: Sony Pictures Classics