De Oost

2020 [DUTCH]

Action / Drama / Thriller / War

10
IMDb Rating 7.1 10 2167

Synopsis


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May 15, 2021 at 02:19 AM

Director

Cast

Marwan Kenzari as Raymond Westerling
Huub Smit as Luitenant Hartman
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1.26 GB
1280*534
dut 2.0
NR
24 fps
2 hr 20 min
P/S 17 / 72
2.59 GB
1920*800
dut 5.1
NR
24 fps
2 hr 20 min
P/S 28 / 85

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by jasperkwint 6 / 10

First half of the movie is a 8, second half a 6.

The movie starts off great. Not many historical flaws and a very balanced execution between the different perspectives. Sadly, the second part of the movie takes a Tarantino-esq turn in tone and story (like Inglorious Basterds) and this almost ruined the movie for me. Either commit to one style or the other. Furthermore, the second half is extremele unbalanced and depict the Dutch Special Forces troops as coldblooded murders basically the whole time. If you look at the actual historical facts about Westerling, you'd see that alot of nuance is left off the table. The ending is also very strange and basically pure fiction. This wouldn't be a bad thing because Tarantino did this with Inglorious Basterds aswell and that worked out great. However, Tarantino maintained his tone and story throughout the whole movie. This movie does not. Which makes it feel very disjointed.

Speaking of acting, visuals, story and music: The acting is great (for Dutch standards) and the visuals and music are also very good. The story is very well done (for the first half) but then descends into fiction for a big part. Without spoiling it, yes there were alot of war crimes being committed at that time and place, but a whole lot of other stuff was left out. The second half felt like a montage of war crimes by the Dutch special forces without any actual story being told.

All in all, the movie is still good. The first half especially is very much worth the watch. I would still recommend it, just be warned about historical inaccuracies and lack of nuance.

Reviewed by mj-smits 6 / 10

Missed opportunity

In my opinion this movie missed an opportunity to teach the average viewer about a part of Dutch history which unfortunately is not very well known (and still is debated). The movie is well made, but it left me a bit disappointed. I am of Indonesian decent and was very much excited to see the movie because I'd love to see this topic getting more attention. But it is really a fictional story loosely based on factual characters and events. The central weight of the story lies with the conflicted protagonist and his relation to the antagonist which is only set to a backdrop of Indonesia and their fight for independence. It lightly touches some of the context and background but it has no weight in the movie. It may have caused some viewers to believe that this movie only wishes to show the Dutch were there blatantly killing innocent villagers. Although the Indonesians are almost portrait as Vietcong (yet you won't see any of them shooting even one bullet though). In fact, because the movie only shows violence coming from the Dutch the movie feels very unbalanced if you are knowledgeable about the actual history. I know this movie is not meant to be a documentary but as they have done a good job with visual accuracy I perhaps expected a Schindler's list kind of gripping movie in terms of accuracy.

Reviewed by rolphbronkhorst 8 / 10

Great movie

Today watched this controversial movie. The story line is good and the movie contains all subjects of a good war movie. That the movie is by some not considered fully accurate is correct. However if I have to give this movie a rating it is definitly one of the best Dutch movies released in recent years and shows what war can do with mans mind.

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