The Army Of Crime
Paris, 1941. The German army is an occupation army. A repressive force that many don’t want around, but most are too scared to do anything about them. Most, but not all. A loose rabble of resistance fighters try and play their part in the struggle, with un-cordinated attacks. What they need is a leader, someone who can organise them into a cohesive, fighting unit.
Missak Manouchian is an Armenian exile, a man who is ready to help but doesn’t want to kill. His leadership skills however prove a valuable asset and under his guidance, the rabble of fighters become a tight unit who attack on more and more daring acts or resistance, making the news, and getting noticed by Berlin.
Based on the true story of the Manouchian network, The Army Of Crime is the story of one small band of resistance fighters in occupied France.
The film starts off a little slow, and it takes a while to empaphise with some of the characters, but once Missak realises his true calling, the film moves along quite nicely. More a well paced drama than an action film, Army weaves the story through several main characters, and shows that even on the side of the goodies, there is still the issue of politics and in-fighting to be contended with.
Clocking in at over two hours, Army’s only minor failing is that of being a tad long, but it’s not a bad film to snuggle up with on a long cold night, whilst you wait for summer to finally arrive.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read
Release date: September 9th, 2010
Stars: Simon Abkarian, Virginie Ledoyen, Lola Neymark
Length (Minutes): 134
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Languages: French, German
Supported Audio: Dolby Digital Surround 5.1
Director: Guediguian, Robert
Studio: Madman Films