Watch: Age of Heroes 2011 123movies, Full Movie Online – Based on the real-life events of Ian Fleming’s 30 Commando during World War II this is a story which takes our heroes from the edge of defeat on the beaches of Dunkirk to the mountains of Norway on a dangerous mission behind enemy lines that, if successful, could change the course of the war..
Plot: The true story of the formation of Ian Fleming’s 30 Commando unit, a precursor for the elite forces in the U.K.
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A simple but fairly okay World War 2 movie. The blurb about the film talks about “true story” but as usual it is more “based on” stuff.
They apparently did not have much of a budget when doing this movie and I am fairly surprised that Sean Bean is in it. It is a quite simple and straightforward movie and could easily have been a TV-movie rather than a theatre feature. I probably would have been more harsh in my review if I would have made the effort to go to a theatre to watch it.
It is however, a fairly okay movie. It wont win any prizes for special effects but it has decent acting and a story that is not too bad. Sean Bean is good as usual but I do not think he gets the chance to shine like he does in some movies.
The ending feels a bit rushed though. Like we-ran-out-of-money-lets-wrap-it-up. It still made for a okay movie watching evening though.
Age of Heroes is directed by Adrian Vitoria and Vitoria also co- writes the screenplay with Ed Scates. It stars Sean Bean, Danny Dyer, Aksel Hennie, Izabella Miko, James D’Arcy, William Houston, John Dagleish and Stephen Walters. Music is by Michael Richard Plowman and cinematography by Mark Hamilton.
Pic is based on the real life exploits of James Bond creator Ian Fleming. This telling sees a unit of Commandos sent on a mission to the mountains of Norway to knock out an important German communication tower whilst purloining information to aid the war effort.
In truth it doesn’t add a great deal to an already over stocked “men on a mission” sub-genre of war films, but there’s enough excitement, explosions, potent character dynamics and military shenanigans, to keep things at the better end of a viewing experience. Cast are fine, all portraying familiar types seen in countless films of this ilk, the snowy Norwegian locations are a sight for sore eyes, and Vitoria does a nice job of giving his film an old fashioned feel – complete with the obligatory Nazi atrocity to add some venomous oomph to the plotting.
The inclusion of Izabella Miko on the mission sadly comes off as a token female shoehorn job, and I agree with what other reviewers have said as regards the finale, it does feel a bit rushed as this pic definitely could have done with another 15 minutes or so. Yet being an old fashioned guy myself, I liked it well enough and was glad to have viewed it. 7/10
Entertaining, but rough around the edges
It’s a solid action flick for sure – nothing terribly new, but it does good work with the WW2 formula that other war flicks have used before.
There is no one flaw I can point to in this film as my reason for giving it a 7, but quite honestly, the thought that stayed in my mind as I watched it was that this film while good, had the potential to be great.
It falls short. The acting and character development is intriguing, but lacks the depth of characters in films like Inglorious Basterds.
It has a fun story, but a little more detail could have may the commando training subplot as well as the rest of the movie so much more.
The beginning is great, but leaves many scenes to the imagination of the viewer. You almost have to wonder if the film was gutted in order to shorten the running time to its fairly short hour and a half.
Like I said, it’s good – but it could have been great.
Don’t Look For Hercules.
It has some of the qualities of a television production — the flat photography, the close ups. But what it is, is a British movie about a commando raid into Norway early in World War II. Ian Fleming is seen supporting the organization of what was to become the SAS but his isn’t a prominent role, and he does not wear polished oxblood brogans or chocolate colored bow ties. He’s a naval commander, and the leader of the back is major Sean Bean, older but more impressive in his bulk than ever.
Some recent British war movies, like “Behind Enemy Lines,” have been unusually graphic compared to the triumphant war stories of the 1950s. This one is more brutal and far less polite than any of the others in the genre that I’ve been able to see.
These nascent commandos and the prison that one of them comes from are hellishly demanding. The Brits who run the prison (“the red hats”) bully the prisoners, kick them, drive them to exhaustion and then beat them. And the commando training is even more rigorous.
The first half tells the story of a prisoner who escapes in order to join the commandos. The second half spells out the story of the raid on some German radar installations in the snowy mountains of Norway.
The SS officer who pursues them, tortures his captives, and executes the residents of a tiny Norwegian village is handsome and well spoken, although thoroughly evil. The action scenes — and there are several of them — are subject to the usual wobbling camera and instantaneous cutting that’s become so faddish. The narrative nevertheless is enthralling. When a captive suffers, he REALLY suffers.
The commandos kill many Nazis, and they kill each other when they must, and they even try to kill themselves if they’re about to be captured. The ex prisoner is about to cut his own throat as German soldiers approach him. We’re supposed to admire the dedication and self sacrifice of the commandos while condemning any Japanese who did the same thing during the war.
If you see this, you’re not likely to forget it in a hurry.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 30 min (90 min)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Action, Adventure, Drama
Director Adrian Vitoria
Writer Ed Scates, Adrian Vitoria
Actors Sean Bean, Danny Dyer, Aksel Hennie
Country United Kingdom
Awards 2 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Arricam LT, Arriflex 235
Laboratory Soho Film Lab, London, UK
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Fuji Super F-64D 8522, Eterna 250T 8553, Eterna 250D 8563, Eterna 500T 8573)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (master format), Super 35 (3-perf) (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic)