2010s Age of Heroes (2011)

Published on November 9th, 2012 | by Chris


Age of Heroes (2011)

War Movie directed by:
Adrian Vitora

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On November 9, 2012
Last modified:November 1, 2012


The perfect blend of modern war/action movie and classic "commando raid" formula movie.

Age of Heroes (2011)Now we're talking, a good old fashioned World War II "Commando Raid" movie.  I like it! And I liked Age of Heroes.

Rewind a bit to just before Dunkirk, when British Corporal Bob Rains (Danny Dyer) fights his way back to friendly territory with a handful of his unit.  He then refuses to go back out, and is imprisoned back in England for his insubordination.  Oh, and striking an officer.

Enter Major Jack Jones (Sean Bean), who is piecing together a commando unit to raid a German radar installation in Norway, and bring back some of that juicy new radar technology.  He visits the prison Rains is in, to "acquire" another man, but Rains has other plans, and "convinces" (if you can call it that) Jones to take him along also.

They train in the wild for a bit, along with the usual suspects, including the hard-ass Lt. Steinar (Aksel Hennie), the technical advisor and not-so-much-a-commando Rollright (John Dagliesh) and Lt. Cdr. Ian Fleming running the whole operation back home (James D'Arcy) ... whose name should ring a bell.  (It will in a bit.)

Rains proves his worth to the unit, and is allowed to go on the mission, which is not without its missteps.  Mainly they completely miss their target and wind up paired with native Jensen (Izabella Miko) instead of their designated contact.  Their mere presence gets a local (but sympathetic) farm family killed, and in fact we find ourselves back at this farm at the end.  The raid is nearly a success, but as these things often happen, doesn't turn out that way.

I'm not going to mince words here, I found this to be the perfect blend of classic formula commando-raid movie and modern war/action movie.  I liked it from start to finish.  All of the cast were just brilliant in their roles, of course most notably the principals Bean and Dyer.  It was well-paced, never dull, never "over actioned" and actually had several well thought out sequences.  I found all of the characters interesting, or at the very least, never annoying or out of sorts....  Dammit, man, I just liked this movie.

If it has its flaws, it would be the at-times extremely heavy handed soundtrack.

That name, Ian Fleming, ring a bell yet?  Well it should, as it turns out this is the story of the early days of No. 30 Commando Unit.  A unit formed (yes, in real life) by the 007 James Bond creator in 1942.   I did not know this until now.  See, war movies can be fun and educational!  Ok, so maybe it didn't happen.  Or did it? Maybe it was so classified that nobody will ever know!! It doesn't matter.

I'm not sure why this gets such average ratings everywhere else I've seen it, unless its because it does adhere to that basic "commando raid" formula in such a close fashion.  But in my opinion, that's what makes it such a great trip.  I think I wasn't expecting to like it as much as I did, which is maybe adding a bit to my overall 4/5 score for Age of Heroes.

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United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region A/B/C : it WILL NOT play on regular DVD player. You need Blu-Ray DVD player to view this Blu-Ray DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( DTS 5.1 ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Behind the scenes, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: In 1940, Major Jones is assigned to assemble an 8-men commando team to travel to Norway with specialist Roger Rollright to meet the agent Beowulf and destroy the German Freyo Station and steal German state-of-the-art technology of Radio Direction Finding (RDF) in Operation Grendel...

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  • Sean Bean
  • Izabella Miko
  • Danny Dyer
  • James D'Arcy
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay to while away a rainy afternoon, August 14, 2014
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Really tough call...this reminds me of a cross between the "Dirty Dozen" and "Where Eagles Dare" and both of them were great movies, while "Age of Heroes" just can't get to be even 1/3 of what those movies were. The characters are likable enough and they must infiltrate a Nazi stronghold in Norway to steal some tech and all the while Germany"s elite 5th Alpine Brigade is on their tails. I was going to go with 2 stars but as I said the cast, lead by, Sean Bean tries so hard and I am also a huge Danny Dyer fan, usually enthralled by British film, not so much here. You have the usual casualties and you can figure out who survives.
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4.0 out of 5 stars WWII Action and Sacrifice, February 23, 2014
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There is nothing romantic or predictable here. The realism is strong and almost documentary. The characters are clearly defined and likable. But don't expect a Where Eagles Dare or Guns of Navarone type of movie. This one isn't going to leave you smiling or cheering or feeling vindicated. It tells the story of a not glamorous, not Hollywood war of sacrifice. Ordinary men and women who did what they believed to be necessary. It's plenty gritty. It doesn't drag or disappoint and like reality it isn't tied up neatly at the end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beginning of an era!, April 7, 2012
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It kind of uncanny the start . Open up with the bit of battle . Losing friends trying to get back to base. Really rough being told to get back to the fight. Introduce to Fleming 's top squad . His best man put in charge . Lives of soldiers in war and what dealt with. What they went through to get ready for their assignment . What happens when the mission goes array. Scenic background awesome. Fighting close to vest rough pushy. Doing all they can with what the got win or lose. Lot of quick thinking, action, losing those men and no one knowing except their family. Truly gripping . Wives and family dealing with lost. Emptiness! Lost of good men that would not be rewarded for their valor and loyalty.
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