Review: Enemy Lines
DVD & Digital: Enemy Lines (2020)
So far, so thrilling.
However, Enemy Lines never really lives up to its exciting premise, and plods along with no real highlights in either story, action, or empathy for the characters.
Also not helping is its limited budget and “direct to DVD” sterile cinematography, neither of which do justice to the snow covered landscapes which could have given a greater sense of scale to the proceedings.
Having said all of the above, Ed Westwick stands out with his performance as leader of the allied commandos, and the progressively more dangerous situations that everyone found themselves in, kept my attention until the very (predictable) end.
Characters are killed (no surprise there) and forgotten about before you ever really knew much about them, and the digital effects for gunfire, and especially the boat and aircraft scenes, look like they were from the mid 90s…always tricky trying to convince viewers with CGI these days if you don’t have the budget or manpower to compete with mainstream cinema blockbusters.
With nothing really standing out to differentiate itself from other similar wartime tales, yet also with no truly awful components to completely disregard it, Enemy Lines is a movie for WWII movie completists and anyone with some time to spare on a rainy afternoon.
Review by Dave from a streaming link kindly supplied by Signature Entertainment.
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