My Honor Was Loyalty full movie review - Poorly acted, filmed, and conceived propagandist turkey
First off any comparisons to this and the HBO made 'Band of Brothers' is about as accurate as comparing the work of Debussy to Weird Al Jankovic .
It is about Untersharführer Ludwig Herckel (Leone Frisa) who leads the 1st SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler. Whilst doing so he bonds with some of the men in his charge. We see them on various battle fronts.
They 'fight' with some men dressed as Russians and later on some Americans. That is about it ? and we have an unbelievable bit about a Jewish woman. The film is shot mostly using the shaky camera bit ? we all know this is done in a vain attempt to make the on screen 'action' look better than it is. However, something does have to actually happen on screen for any maintenance of the pretence of action to be even in the foothills of believable. The uniforms are mostly OK, and some of the weapons looked good. The acting is pitiful in places and when people die they have to have watered down tomato ketchup spread across their mouths.
The 'battles' are a bit am dram and clearly done be re enactors but despite putting up the names of different locations on the screen it is a bit obvious that they are fighting in the same field with the same armour etc. Also CGI planes that fly impossibly low, muzzle flashes and smoke that are photo shopped on ? the list is quite long.
Then to add insult to injury it gets all preachy about both sides being guilty of crimes at the end but the Nazis are only blamed because we had the temerity to win ? to the victor the spoils etc. The film starts out by saying it is non political and then goes out of its way to be apologist propaganda for Hitler fans. I should have known that this was a turkey when the film starts with a quote from an undoubted 'wise philosopher' who I could not quite place in the pantheon of 'the great thinkers'. It was Alessandro Pepe who wrote, directed and edited this lame piece of cinematic garbage. Anyone who tries to justify the Holocaust really should be taken to task ? I feel dirty having watched it.