#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – This film depicts World War II through the eyes of several Dutch students. It follows them through the beginning of the war, the Nazi occupation and the liberation.
Plot: The lives of Erik Lanshof and five of his closest friends take different paths when the German army invades the Netherlands in 1940: fight and resistance, fear and resignation, collaboration and high treason.
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An underrated classic
Paul Verhoeven films are notorious for everything except what they should be known for: portraying reality in a frank, no-lies manner that few other filmmakers even dare to attempt. It’s nice to know that, in this era of Hollywood churning out films that look more like video games or music videos, Verhoeven continues to make films that push envelopes and give the audience something to think about.
Soldaat van Oranje, like its American counterpart twenty years later, is a film about war that takes its subject by the horns and doesn’t let go at any moment. As we are introduced to the group of Dutch students whose eyes we see World War II through, we see a reflection of one rarely acknowledged truth: that numerous ordinary, everyday people, ignorant of what was really going on in Nazi Germany, couldn’t have cared less about what was going on. It was only when the reality of the war was brought to them, as the Germans invaded Holland, that these students sat up and took notice of what the war was doing to ordinary people. Indeed, early on in the film, Hauer’s character even says that a spot of war would be “exciting”.
Another reality that this film prefers to hit the viewer square in the face with is that while the war changed a lot of aspects of everyday life for everyone, there were some things that stayed the same regardless. In the scene where Hauer’s character is attempting to board a boat bound for England, the German army’s refusal to let the sailors on board prompts a quick “back to the pub” response from the working-class sailors. Business as usual in that respect.
Considering that this is a Paul Verhoeven film, it is actually quite surprising how little violence there is to be found here. Granted, it is not a family film, and some of the torture scenes will make your blood boil as well as make some sick people like myself chuckle, but unlike the film that Verhoeven made with numerous references to this one twenty years later, there is surprisingly little blood and gore. Indeed, unlike the sarcastic satire of Starship Troopers, Soldaat Van Oranje tells its story in a restrained, almost documentary-like manner that is surprising as well as creative.
All in all, I’d give Soldaat Van Oranje a qualified ten out of ten. It is not going to appeal to everyone, and some just won’t get it at all, but it delivers a powerful story about the loss of innocence and freedom that should be required viewing in all schools, not just Dutch ones. Oh, and I cannot remember who said it, but they are right about one thing: the footage of the Queen returning to Dutch soil made me want to shout “Oranje boven!”, and I am not even Dutch.
Original Language nl
Runtime 2 hr 35 min (155 min), 2 hr 32 min (152 min) (Netherlands), 2 hr 1 min (121 min) (UK), 1 hr 43 min (103 min) (Spain), 2 hr 45 min (165 min) (USA)
Genre Drama, Romance, Thriller, War
Director Paul Verhoeven
Writer Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema (book), Kees Holierhoek, Gerard Soeteman, Paul Verhoeven
Actors Rutger Hauer, Jeroen Krabbé, Susan Penhaligon, Edward Fox
Country Netherlands, Belgium
Awards Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination.
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm