Wednesday, April 24 2013, 03:22 AM MDT
DVD Review: Spies of Warsaw
Rated: Not Rated
Genre: Drama, Romance
Street Date: April 16, 2013
Available On: DVD and Blu-ray
The Film: Set in the days leading up to World War II Colonel Jean-Francois Mercier (David Tennant) is a war hero living in Poland as an aristocrat. Behind his luxious lifestyle Mercier is tasked with monitoring the increasing activity of German forces along the Polish border. There Mercier meets and falls in love with a Parisian woman (Janet Montgomery), who complicates an already increasingly difficult situation.
The Extras: Behind-the-Scenes featurette
Recommendation: Alan Furst’s novel, adapted here by Dick Clament and Ian La Frenais, is a work of fiction set in a real time of tension. It’s a brilliant choice as it gives the story a sense of danger because audiences already know that war is coming. I love the premise of “Spies of Warsaw,” but the 3-hour miniseries itself feels caught between a romance and an espionage thriller and ultimately doesn’t quite do either genre justice. It’s still an interesting film with decent performances from the cast and enough historical context to recommend giving “Spies of Warsaw” a look. Clearly fans of David Tennant, of which there are many, will want to add this to their collections. Everyone else will want to rent it first.
-Ryan Michael Painter