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Skarper29 Oct 2018 7:30 a.m. PST

Just watched this. There are some issues as no film can cover the whole story and avoid oversimplifying.

The aerial combat was all at too close range – but I am used to that. I know the Poles famously fired at closer range and they make a point of it, but they are so close it is a bit far fetched.

Also – the British RAF personnel are often made into caricatures. I'm sure some resented the Poles prowess in the air and with the WAAFs but there isn't time in a short film to balance these out with other points of view.

It was good to have a more working class in use by one of the WAAFs. We are used to the rather posh actors in the older films, while the reality was I think more of a cross section. Lots of Grammar School Girls ended up in the WAAFs I believe.

4DJones29 Oct 2018 9:47 a.m. PST

And a timely reminder, since most of the Poles in the UK will be going home next spring?

Personal logo Unlucky General Supporting Member of TMP29 Oct 2018 10:00 a.m. PST

Looked at the trailer. A lot of obvious computer game style CGI. Dunkirk was much better for me.

14Bore29 Oct 2018 12:00 p.m. PST

Link? Would love to see even the trailer

bsrlee29 Oct 2018 12:29 p.m. PST

Just search 'hurricane movie' on YouTube, there are at least 2 trailers up.

I also found that there are a couple of documentaries in there too – a 3 parter posted by Aries28 looks OK too.

Vigilant29 Oct 2018 1:50 p.m. PST

Bought the DVD on Saturday for £7.00 GBP in Tesco. Enjoyed it. Yes some of the CGI is basic, it has the usual pilots talking through the side of their mouths whilst not wearing their masks so that we can tell them apart (especially since many of them were talking in Polish), but overall it was a good stab at the story. Certainly better than some of the on-line reviews would have you believe. Considering the tiny budget (10 million according to IMBD) they did a reasonable job, and at least there was no gimmicky leaping back and forth in time which is what spoilt Dunkirk for me. The DVD extras, however are really poor. The behind the scenes looks like it was done on someone's phone without anyone knowing, the director keeps repeating himself in his interview.

Lonkka1Actual30 Oct 2018 1:15 a.m. PST

The CGI was so off putting in the clips I've seen. Also action movie style aerial combats are really a turn off as well.

Funnily enough it seems that another film on the subject (Dywizjon 303 aka Squadron 303, directed by Denis Delic) was released mere two weeks after Hurricane. At least the CGI doesn't seem to be as overpowering based on the trailer:

YouTube link


But I'd much rather watch a documentary such as this on the subject:
YouTube link


A film on similar subject, Czech pilots, that came out I believe in 2001, Dark Blue World was filmed in more traditional manner than the CGI drowned Hurricane. I recall rather enjoying it:
YouTube link

McWong7330 Oct 2018 1:21 a.m. PST

Dark Blue World is pretty good.

Skarper30 Oct 2018 11:08 a.m. PST

Yes – DBW is much better. They used bits left over from the Battle of Britain film for the aerial combat, and the old 'less is more' thing too.

Too much CGI and no need for so much 'action' anyway in war films IMO. Character and story is what makes it work.

Hurricane does OK on these two – but cutting the action down and having more dialogue would have helped.

14Bore30 Oct 2018 2:51 p.m. PST

Watched the trailers, hope to see it someday

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