"Katyn" was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language film this year, so I'm certain that it will make its way into theatres soon enough. And it also involves the Soviets attack on Poland, and this time period in history seem to have become quite typical for awards-I wasn't very impressed with "The Counterfeiters" or this, so I'm hoping that this period dwindles-but after the success of "The Lives of Others," I do not see that happened soon. "Katyn" follows four families during the way, tragically interweaving them in your typical interweaving ways. What really annoyed me about this was how manipulative it was, trying to get the audience to fall into its tragedy in the most obvious ways possible. In trying to make the finale more intense and deep they really went the whole nine yards to get graphic, and when the film blacked out and lasted a minute more before the credits with the sounds of chanting in the background, I was more angered than moved. Not angered at the horrors of war that these people had to go through, but angered at the film makers who not only approached new ground, but did not even be dramatic in a new way. This film was obvious and poorly made from the beginning, but the sounds of tears in the audience made me see that many could fall for it. I really did not like this film at all.
** of ****