Monday, October 19, 2015

Movie Review: Day of Siege

by M. J. Joachim



September 11 was the first thing to catch my eye when we decided to watch this film the other night. Of course it was set in 1683 and Vienna, but Islam loyalists were still out to convert the rest of the world to their one true religion, and they were willing to fight to the death, particularly against the Catholic Church. Recent years made it all too close to home, history repeating itself and all that.

Grateful that it wasn’t as filled with guts and gore as it could have been, this historical fiction drama focused more on political battles among the powers that be. Alliances, treaties, bargaining chips all came into play, as battles ensued between lands, primarily between the Ottoman Empire and the Turks.

I found the movie engaging and interesting from an historical standpoint. It didn’t have a lot of bells and whistles or special effects, but it was entertaining and thought provoking. If you like historical fiction and want to learn more about this period in history, this is a good film. If you’re totally into war movies, and want to see full blown battles, with particularly intense special effects and loud noises, not so much. There was plenty of fighting on the fields of battle, and it was all realistic enough, but this film by no means had that spectacular Wow! Factor. Even so, I found it enjoyable enough and would recommend it to those who might be interested.

Happy Monday to you all,

M. J.

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