Must Watch: Phenomenal Trailer for Edward Zwick's Defiance

October 10, 2008
Source: Variety

Defiance Trailer

Looking for a World War II movie that looks better than Valkyrie? Here it is. Variety has debuted the second full trailer for Edward Zwick's Defiance, which stars Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, and Jamie Bell as three Polish brothers. I'm a big war movie guy, so these kinds of movies usually excite me more than normal, but I still think this looks absolutely phenomenal. This really looks like it could really compete with Bryan Singer's Valkyrie in terms of production and intensity, but remarkably Paramount is giving it a limited release. After the buzz that this trailer is certain to cause, I'm hoping they change their mind.

I really mean it when I say this looks like a huge sleeper hit, maybe even the best movie of the year. It hasn't been shown to anyone yet, most likely because they've been finishing the effects, but it still has the potential to be amazing. At least what we've seen here (and in the teaser) has looked stunning so far.

Watch the full trailer for Defiance:

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You can also watch the Defiance trailer in High Definition on MSN

Defiance is co-written and directed by Edward Zwick, of Legends of the Fall, Courage Under Fire, The Last Samurai, and Blood Diamond previously, and is written by Clayton Frohman, of The Delinquents and Checkered Flag. The film is based on the book of the same name written by Nechama Tec. Paramount Vantage is debuting Defiance in limited theaters starting on December 12th this year.

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Reader Feedback - 42 Comments


looks realy great!and i think its better than valkyrie!!

Perturabo on Oct 10, 2008


WOW! Very impressive! Going to be a huge sleeper hit. And yes it looks (in my opinion) much better the Valkyrie.

K on Oct 10, 2008


good lord god almighty...

Divad on Oct 10, 2008


Craig looks impressive as usual, but Schreiber's accent is attrocious. But you're right about it looking a hell of a lot better than Valkyrie.

Tom Brazelton on Oct 10, 2008


1 & 2 are twins,if not the same person. now lets make a movie out of that.

twispious on Oct 10, 2008


looks awesome.. and I am with you Tom #4 terrible accent that Schreiber is giving(did you expect different results???? hehe)

Dusty on Oct 10, 2008


Seeing a trailer like this and Transporter 3 on the same day makes me really wonder why Hollywood wastes money on movies like Transporter 3. Based on the comments in that article, however, obviously there's an audience out there that wants cheese on a rubber platter.

dRailer on Oct 10, 2008


Looks excellent.. and yes I am looking forward to this more than I am Valkyrie. Good casting!

dom on Oct 10, 2008


this looks wicked.

darrin on Oct 10, 2008


#5... get a life. oh wow, 2 people that have a the same opinion. that's a first. can't even come up with an educated, insightful comment about the trailer. LOSER!

K on Oct 10, 2008


Look very harsh and hard. A very promising title indeed...but I doubt whether this will do it better, at the boxoffice, then Valkyrie.

Tschai on Oct 10, 2008


Man oh man oh man. This looks awesome. Plenty of raw action and plenty of tears and emotion. Sans Liev's accent, I'm going to love the ingenuity of fighting in the woods. This is like a Polish WWII Apocolypto. Can't wait. Seems like Zwick would've pushed wide to get in the Oscar run.

b on Oct 10, 2008


Never seen a bad Zwick movie...this one is going to be good.

Sam on Oct 10, 2008


Liev Schreiber's accent is fine, Jamie Bell's is good and so on for Daniel Craig. Oscar worthy, in the long run.

Xerxex on Oct 10, 2008


I'm definitely seeing this movie. Looks very cool. I still like this teaser trailer better though: 🙂

Fungusmonkey on Oct 10, 2008


Hot damn. Daniel Craig is the new generation of bad ass.

Icarus on Oct 10, 2008


I wad admittedly sold when Liev character was dragging the woman across the river with the gun in his hand, it just looked pure epic. This movie should do well in terms of story, action etc etc... but I must say it's hard to see Daniel Craig in another role, shaking that bond complex is not easy for a movie viewer like myself >.<

Matthew on Oct 10, 2008


They have absolutely terrible polish accents. Wow.

phil on Oct 10, 2008


This movie looks fucking brilliant. I can not wait to see this. Edward Zwick has not dissapointed me yet with his films such as "Blood Diamond.", "The Last Samuraii.", and "Glory" So i really do not see how he could mess this one up. I am so excited for this movie. It also has Daniel Craig. He is going to have a great year with two amazing movies under his belt

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Ady on Oct 10, 2008


Looks good, but I'm still more excited about Valkyrie. Singer and McQuarrie working together for the first time since their masterpiece The Usual Suspects is enough of a reason for me. I'll happily watch both of them, though.

Daaaave on Oct 10, 2008


Hmmm! Dunno. I don't buy much of the actors. Bell Yes. Bot not Liev and the rest of the cast. Intrigued me but did not grab me. Will I see it? Yes. Without a !

Rolando on Oct 10, 2008


Reading number 18. I agree. Probably that is what disturb me. The accents! I don't know there is something that simple pulls me away. I loved Glory liked Blood Diamond and hated, hated hated Legends of the Fall and I did not buy The Last Samurai. This trailers looks like a good action film but no more. Hope I am wrong. Or not.

Rolando on Oct 10, 2008


i think valkrie and this movie are diffrent in a way of style but they both look equally good

Darren on Oct 10, 2008


Looks amazing. How the F**** does this look like an good action but no more?? huh Show me one trailer that looks half as impressive as this one. Valkyrie looks interesting but Tom doesn't even try to have an accent. It just sounds wrong. But its not supposed to be a documentary, its an action flick after all. My guess is i will see both.

sd on Oct 10, 2008


This not really a war movie persay, looks more like a crusader film than anything else with aspects of war in it. Still looks good, but Valkyrie seems to have a better plot line. I'll probably see that one instead of this.

Conrad on Oct 10, 2008


looks good buty why should they speak english with a polish accent and not polish altogether?

pete on Oct 11, 2008


Why has is this movie taking forever and a day to get released? I've been seeing trailers for this movie for over a year and a half now and it still hasn't come out - whats up with that?

Adam on Oct 11, 2008


Daniel Craig is a realy good actor. I love Holocaust based movies. But, I think Valkyrie will be better.

Daniel on Oct 11, 2008


DAMN another movie that looks good

raider98 on Oct 11, 2008


This looks fantastic. Probably won't do nearly as well as Valkyrie, even though it appears (from the trailers) to be a much better movie, if just because it hasn't been getting the hype nor does it have as many big-name actors in it. If it's not released in a theater near me, I'm finding it somewhere. This is the best trailer I've seen in a while.

Emma on Oct 12, 2008


they should replace defiance on the poster wit hquantum of solace. now that's a good poster. andyour not gonna get 1/2 your money back for the cost of the movie if they give it a limited release. cmon i mean you gotta great movie on ya hands, what the hell r u thinkin Paramount!!

LeeMan on Oct 12, 2008


#29 - It'll be out in December... That has always been the plan. I wonder if it'll get buried or if they're trying to push it as a big Oscar film? I'm glad so many of you guys are also excited for this! I was worried I was alone...

Alex Billington on Oct 15, 2008


This movie is being given a wide release in January 16, no? Paramount doesn't seem to have that much confidence in it.

Mark Ywain on Oct 19, 2008


how not to be excited.... the movie stars daniel craig and is directed by the same guy who made blood diamond... the background score was brilliant... i am definitely excited for this movie... it looks spectacular... plus the USP of a story never told... paramount should hardsell this quick... it is a definite nom for edward zwick if released in december... the guy is a genius!

viral on Oct 22, 2008


this movie looks great, i can't wait to see it! anyone know the name of the song used in the trailer?

em on Oct 24, 2008


I watched a documentry on these three brothers. What they did and the people they saved in the process was amazing. I am very glad to see this story get told on the big screen. Bravo.

James Roberts on Oct 26, 2008


Schrieber's acting is also atrocious - didn't he suck on CSI?

Lance on Nov 19, 2008


looks exciting -- the brothers are not Polish but Bielorussian, and the movie was filmed in Lithuania -- I recognize a couple of the scenes in Vilnius

Irene on Dec 2, 2008


This should be awesome. Only thing that might drag it down a little bit, is the fact that there's just no way it'll have a happy ending. The good guys have to lose against such insane odds. Unlike The Sound of Music i don't think they'll make it to Switzerland. =P

Mr. Web Based Training on Jan 12, 2009


Perhaps with this film goers can begin to see what a talent Craig is.......I first saw him in Layer Cake and was blown away and the ironic part is as I drove home I thought 'this guy needs to audition for the next Bond' I was so shocked when he was tagged for 007, but for those who think of him only as Bond, they need to see Layer Cake.........

Rosalee on Jan 14, 2009

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