Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Land of Mine (Under sandet) (2015)

Director: Martin Zandvliet. Cast: Roland Møller, Louis Hofmann, Joel Basman. 100 min. Rated R. Denmark/Germany. History/War.

Another foreign-language Oscar shortlist film. Around 2.2 million mines were buried by the Nazis along the Denmark coast during WWII, and after the war ... German POWs (many of them teenagers) were forced to dismantle them. So the setting is ripe for a great story: nasty Danish Sergeant supervises "innocent" German boys, scouring the beaches, at risk for blowing up any second. And the screenplay is magnificent at prepping the explosions to happen at the most unexpected moments, even though you're expecting them. But the final closing moment is so preposterous, in addition to the mines, the entire movie is dismantled.

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