Skip to comments.Fantastic War Movie! - Very Intense Firefights - True Story - Vanity
Posted on 04/05/2011 9:19:50 AM PDT by MrInvisible
Last night I watched the movie 9th Company on Netflix. This is an outstanding war movie that in my opinion is not to be missed by war movie aficionados. It's a riveting, true account of a group of young enlisted Soviet paratroopers. In the beginning, you follow this group of young men through the rigors of bootcamp where they eventually develop a close camaraderie. They're mentored by a tough, stomach-punching drill sergeant who's the lone survivor of his unit from the Afghan conflict. Even though he's tough as nails, he cares about his soldiers he mentors and wishes he could go with them, but his request for transfer is denied. As soon as these young Russian men set foot in Afghanistan they're immediately shocked by the harsh realities of what being in a war zone is really like. And they soon take a liking to their new officers who at times off harsh lessons on what it really takes to survive. These young paratroopers are tasked with protecting a convoy and take up position on top of a hill. They're confronted with swarms of Muj and much of the movie is filled with intense fire fights and brutally-realistic action scenes. If you've seen documentaries on the current US war in Afghanistan you'll quickly see how the Russian and American experience are similar and you can't help but compare the two. The cinematography is outstanding and this is a well produced war movie that obviously had a handsome budget. This movie ends on an interesting twist with a lesson that many American vets can probably identify with. I believe this is a war movie you'll remember. 9th Company.
Meh...not a big fan of commie propaganda...
In 10 parts on Youtube.
I don't like commie propaganda at all. However I found the opening scenes of "Enemy at the Gates" very worth watching. I explained to my kids that in my view, it represents the stupidity of Stalin and how he crippled his own military by his purges.
As for 9th Company, I plan to watch it. I would love to see some movies produced by American film makers showing the true course of action in the battle of Fallujah and the battles the guys are fighting in Afghanistan. "Avatar" seems to be the best that the jackasses in America can come up with regarding the military.
For that matter, we are not seeing the realistic portrayals of the atrocities being committed by the Taliban and other jihadists. ROP and all that PC crap. For now, maybe 9th Company would be a good source to get an idea of the problem the troops face.
Thanks for the head’s up.
There are some fine films on Netflix, movies I would ordinarily have never seen. Some are documentaries that are interesting (like the one on animals that defy the theory of evolution).
Some are just fun ... like “Zombies ..... Aaaaa” which tells the Zombie story from the zombie point of view. Bad, but funny.
I’ll look for it tonight. Thanks
You want to watch a movie, you will never forget...watch “Idi I Smotri (Come and See)” It was a Belorussian movie made around 1986, really no Commie propaganda in it at all, just showed the brutality of the Nazis, that no Hollywood movie ever dared to touch.
Thanks for the info, I will definitely watch it if I can find it.
‘Come and See’ was difficult to sit through. It was the final film of director Elem Klimov who died in 2003.
From the 80s, is it on DVD? Subtitles i assume?
It’s definitely not for the squeamish.
Love Netflix...seen a lot of good movies that will never be on TV agbain since I got it a few months ago...
I really like the independent movie genre.
Should be. It was even on YouTube, although they probably took it down by now.
A quote from Klimov on the movie, “As a young boy, I had been in hell... Had I included everything I knew and shown the whole truth, even I could not have watched it.”
Russkies made some epic war movies, there was one about Kursk, they even did a full-scale production just on the Battle of Berlin.
Is Putin the star, running around without a shirt wrestling Taliban Alligators?
Thanks for the tip,,i’d never heard of it before.
“A Woman in Berlin” .......... No Nazi Propaganda. Come and See?? Saw it, and own it on PAL, I thought it was a good movie too. I have a collection of Propaganda films made in WW II Germany. Picked them up at a gun show. Its seeing the war from the other side. The themes are the same as the ones we made in Hollywood.
Another excellent war movie, “Tavisota”, a Finnish movie about the Winter War.
Should be “Talvisota.”
Interesting scenes. Looks well done. Is this Russia’s version of “Platoon” only not hateful of its military like Oliver Stone is of America’s?
Tavisota, a Finnish movie about the Winter War. ................... That’s Part II, it was a sequel to another movie. Saw it. My uncle was there then.
Thanks for the tip.
Right you are. The first part of that movie has the same power as did the original "All Quiet on the Western Front."
Brilliant in its portrayal of those awful times.
The other night I blundered across “The 9th Company” on Netflix and livestreamed it to the TV. It was based loosely on the actual Battle For Hill 3234 in 1988 Afghanistan.
I enjoyed the movie, sex scene a little flaky, and thought the last battle scene was a little dumb, with the Mujahedeen coming zombie like abreast across open ground. But then done a little research on “Battle For Hill 3234” and found it was 39 Soviet paratroopers attacked 12 times in one day by hundreds of the Mujahedeen. When the battle was over, the 39 paratroopers had suffered 34 causalities, with 6 dead and 28 wounded, with over 200 dead Mujahideen, So maybe that final battle scene was not so dumb after all.
IMO, bravery by all military combatants is bravery, the cause they fight for may be wrong, but the brave, for being brave, have nothing to apologize for.
The story that the movie was based on, was just one chapter in the entire book.
But there’s one thing the movie had that the book didn’t, Rachel Weisz. ;)
Triumph of the Will is now streaming on Netflix. Everyone should watch that. I also like to call that movie “Obama’s Blueprint”
“Stalingrad” was another good German war movie.
I highly value the opinions of FREEPERS and I will definitely read it. Thank you.
Thanks for the info. Will have to check it out.
I would say it was pro military. There wasn’t any propaganda to it.
It didn’t have any commie propaganda. It’s just a story about a group of young Russian soldiers in the s#@t in Aghanistan. Once or twice you saw the Soviet flag but that was it.
No Putin, no commie propaganda. Just a good, but very intense war movie based on a true story. I thought it was very similar to what I’ve seen in documentaries on US troops in Aghanistan.
Thanks for the suggestion. Funny, I know someone who simply won’t watch movies or read books about “the other side”. He won’t watch “Das Boot”, “Letters from Iwo Jima” or any kind of movie like that.
I find it kind of interesting that some people feel that way. I don’t feel that way, and I certainly don’t engage in any kind of moral equivalency (specifically, comparing Japan to the US in WWII...we were NOT just two armed forces who were on opposing sides)
History that must be remembered, lest it be repeted.
Thanks for posting. Was unaware of this one.
Thanks. Just added it to my queue.
Thank you for serving. Very much.
I don’t have a problem with someone in your situation feeling that way, not at all. I just think it is odd that someone who has never experienced combat would have trouble viewing it.
If I watch something like that, I don’t accept the point of view they offer, but use that to get an idea of what people in Japan or Germany might see as the point of view.
I personally knew one man whose job it was to coordinate the removal of Japanese forces from Korea upon the end of hostilities in WWII. He was in his eighties when I met him. I noticed a significant behavior change whenever the subject of Japan came up, and I asked one of his friends why he showed so much hostility, and he told me that his friend had confided in him some of the things he had seen the Japanese were responsible for (first hand) and could not reconcile them. He would not even talk to me about it, but he didn’t have to. Whatever he had seen still showed clearly on his face fifty years after the fact (this was in the nineties)
I can understand that.
There was something on the History Channel, I think, and interviews were done with some of the witnesses who were there when men, women, and children were being shot at point blank range. Our own courageous film makers don't dare tell all the truth about Nazism, Communism, the Jihadists, and the Mexican drug cartels. If they are not openly against the atrocities, then they must be in approval of them.