Saturday, January 07, 2012

In the Land of Blood and Honey

The movie starts gently with a man and a woman flirting on the dance floor. Their tryst is rudely interrupted by an explosion that the director cleverly uses to mark the intrusion of the Bosnian war into lives of the common folk. Next time the couple meet, Ajla (Zana Marjanovic) and Danijel (Goran Kostic) find themselves at the opposite sides of the ethnic conflict. Ajla being Muslim Bosnian is held captive by the Serbs and as coincidence or fate would have it, the commanding officer of the unit is Danijel. The laws of attraction paying scant attention to ethnicity, rears it heads as the two plunge down the illicit relationship road that turns darker as the movie flows. The story line is not original as the scenario has been visited before in Earth: 1947 and Lust, Caution. However nothing should be taken away from Angelina Jolie given that it is her debut as a director. She just needs to work on getting stillness right.

Rating: * * *

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