Passchendaele (Ws)

Directed by Paul Gross
Starring Caroline Dhavernas, Jim Mezon, Joe Dinicol

Alliance Films | May 22, 2012 | DVD

Passchendaele (Ws) is rated 2.5 out of 5 by 2.

Video Release: May 22, 2012

Studio: Alliance Films

UPC: 065935823339

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disapointing I went into this movie really excited. I was looking forward to seeing a glimpse of heroic canadian History. Unfortunatly this movie fell short of that...really short. Now the Main Actor Paul Gross (who was also the Director and Writer of this film) was fantastic. Everything else just wasn't there. The love story had absolutly no passion, there was no Chemistry between Michael Dunne and Sarah Mann and the movie could have done without The strangly added "withdrawl" scene. The action scenes were good, but the story line just lacked. There was definitely room for improvement and the movie did not live up to its potential.
Date published: 2009-03-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from as a Canadian, it made me proud just to watch it I loved this movie and, perhaps it's sappy of me, but, as a Canadian, it made me proud just to watch it. I do, however, have a couple of complaints. The movie was well cast overall...with the exception of Joe Dinicol who plays David Mann in the film. My apologies to Mr. Dinicol but this was not the role for him. I didn't find him in any way believable with the exception of being a pain in the ass to Gross' character. That aspect was very believable...too believable in light of what happens at the end of the movie. I don't mean to make this out to be a personal attack on a young actor but I just found his performance annoying. My second complaint is concerning the love story between Dunne and Sarah Mann. I have this sinking feeling that this was written in to make the film more commercially viable and, perhaps, more appealing to women. The story of Passchendaele itself and the sacrifice made by Canadians during WW1 should be engaging enough without adding a somewhat emotionally manipulative love story to the mix. I enjoy a good love story as much as the next person but I don’t believe it was truly needed here. On the flipside of that coin, I did appreciate the vulnerability Dunne was able to show in his relationship with Sarah, which did give insight into his experiences in the war. I read a lot of negative reviews by the critics when it was released in theatres but…I’ve spoken to quite a few people who were so happy to see one of our stories told on the big screen, finally, and were moved by this movie. There’s a line in the movie that I think sums up why we needed a film like this: A senior officer says to Dunne: “You know they’ve got a name for us, the enemy: They call us storm troopers.” I know I am not the only Canadian who felt goose bumps rise or felt their eyes mist a bit at that line because…those were our boys they were talking about. Passchendaele is truly our story. So much of what happened during the years of WW1 made us the country we are today. The courage and sacrifice shown by our soldiers, the love and hope maintained by the families left behind played such an important role in this country coming into it’s own as a nation. Watch this movie, remember and honor the men who fought and the many that died in those trenches. I enjoyed the movie a lot and I applaud the effort made to encourage all of us to remember and take pride in our history...not just on Remembrance Day
Date published: 2009-03-12

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Passchendaele (Ws)

Directed by Paul Gross
Starring Caroline Dhavernas, Jim Mezon, Joe Dinicol, Meredith Bailey, Paul Gross

Video Release: May 22, 2012

Studio: Alliance Films

UPC: 065935823339

Edition Description
  • Originally in English