Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Defiance Review

Defiance is based on the true story of four Jewish brothers, though the movie focuses on the three older brothers, living in Nazi occupied Poland. The Nazis are slaughtering Jews at the time and the brothers go into hiding in the forest after their parents are killed. There they start a resistance and soon they are leading and building their own village and community in the forest after more people join them.

This movie shows a lot about the responsibility of leadership and the selfishness of people under someone’s leadership. As with Moses and the Israelites, most of the people under the leadership of Tuvia, the oldest brother, complain and want everything done for them. They don’t understand the burden on their leader, who is responsible for all of them and doing his best to keep them all alive. In his job as their leader, Tuvia sacrifices of himself and shows Christ through his serving.

This movie also shows the importance of teamwork and family. After having a division of the brothers at one point, it takes all of them coming together and helping for them to escape the Nazis. The story also shows God’s providence in putting those brothers there to help and lead those other people. They saved more than 1200 other Jews by their actions. This movie is for mature audiences only as it is rated R for violence and language.

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1 comment:

Caer Clan said...

Z-ME-man! I wanted to follow up to your brief review of Defiance. This movie was an amazing representation of what Christ like leadership truly looks like. Three scenes in particular stood out that demonstrated this to me. 1) When Tuvia killed his horse to feed the people and all the others were clamoring for bits of the food while he and his brother stood back, going without, and watched. 2) The time when Tuvia had to deal with the man who wanted to usurp Tuvia's leadership. The opponent's reputation was of taking all the best for himself. Tuvia's reaction was both decisive and ultimately best for everyone else even though it had to be difficult for him to do. 3) At the approach to the swamps when once again all the people are yelling at Tuvia and demanding that he take care of them. Tuvia starts to crack under the pressure and still none of the followers can see his burden and weight. And then his brother shows up.
I hope others can view this moving story and gain insight into what true Christ like leadership looks like. (And isn't it interesting that it was displayed by Jews?)

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