Thursday, January 7, 2010

Defiance: A Review

I finally watched Defiance yesterday with wife & #4 daughter. It's not a movie to enjoy, but one to appreciate and learn from.

It's based upon the true story of a Belarusian Jewish resistance group during WWII. The group formed around four brothers who hid in the forest from the Nazis.

Some of the movie's themes include the problem of maintaining an ethical approach when fighting a depraved enemy, the contrast between fighting for family & community vs. fighting for ideology, the problems of discipline and leadership in a community dedicated to freedom.

As you watch the movie, if you're like me, you will consider the possibility that American Christians may some day have to head to the hills for their families' survival. Defiance provides a glimpse at some of the trials that await us at such a turn -- not a happy or glorious prospect in any sense.

The movie is rated "R" for violence and language (may upset the very young & the very sensitive). It also contains some sexual innuendo & one sexual situation, but no nudity.

My recommendation is that every Christian Martialist who is also a head of household should watch, think and plan.


The Black Knight said...

I highly recommend the book of the same name by Nechama Tec.

The movie is good at creating the environment of the Bielski Otriad, but it is not as great with the details.

Tuvia was an extraordinary leader and the book portrays a very accurate picture of him. The author having interviewed him on several occasions.

Probably the biggest recurring theme in the book is the argument between Tuvia and his small group of supporters and virtually everyone else they run into, ove whether they should try to take vengence on the Germans or whether they should focus on saving more Jews. Something Christian Martialists should think through carefully.

Gravelbelly said...

BK, I really appreciate this particular comment & recommendation.

My wife also thought it would be good to read the book. It's been a while since we read a book together. Maybe this would be a good one to do that with.

Also, the theme of revenge vs. rescue came out in the movie, but I'm sure it would be good to read more detail about the conflict as it unfolded within the community. As you suggest, this is fodder for the Christian Martialist's meditation, for he is primarily a protector of others. Therefore, his self-defense must not degenerate into selfish-defense.

Thanks for the good insights & observations.

Thelema said...

Interesting posts you have, though I think Christianity is dead and will be redeemed and brought to fruition and perfection through Thelema. Check out my blog at if you will. Love is the law, love under will. ;)

The Warrior said...

Whuuut? I was told somewhere that this had nudity in it, and didn't see it.

K, that's it, I'll see it now. It definitely sounds interesting. (Stay tuned for my review of Gran Torino, it also gives us some fodder to think on, who knows how long away I will write it though)


Gravelbelly said...


Always good to hear from you. Hope things are going well.

I'd be interested on your opinion of Gran Torino, because I saw the barbershop scene on youtube, and the language seemed over-the-top and gratuitous.

Thelema, I came within a hair's breadth of dumping your comment which promotes your anti-Christian blog. I decided to let it stand, at least for now. I trust you will do the same for Christians who post comments on your blog.

Gravelbelly said...
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The Warrior said...

Yes. It will likely be some time before I get to writing it, but you are correct, the language was my one issue. It was very bad and excessive at points, but the film did have many things for a Christian martialist to ponder. Whether or not one wants to wade through it to find out or not is up to them....


P.S. My newest blog post may be of interest to you, btw.