1943, during the Second World War,
America is keen to extract a top scientist
then in the hands of the Nazis in Poland,
and sends an American Major to lead
a crack team of British Commandos on
a dangerous covert operation into
Hitlers back yard, deep behind Enemy
MEETING SECRETLY IN LONDON, US General McCloud (Corey Johnson) and Britain's
Colonel Preston (John Hannah: The Mummy), discuss America's vital plans
to extract a leading scientist being held by the Nazis at a secure research
facility in Occupied Poland.
The scientist, Dr Alexander Fabien (Pawel Delagas: Schindler's List)
is being forced to head a programme to develop advanced weaponry which, if successful,
could turn the course of the war in Germany's favour. America wants Dr Fabien,
The General knows that Colonel Preston has a crack British team of highly-efficient
soldiers, including Sergeant Will Davidson (Tom Wisdom), and wants that team
to go to Poland to bring out Dr Fabien but the operation would be led
by US Marine Corps Major Kaminski (Ed Westwick: Gossip Girl; Children of
Men), whose father was Polish.
nothing too demanding
A low-budget movie
with a simple story,
Enemy Lines benefits
from some notable
acting talent and is easy
watching with some
an inducement for him to work for the Nazis, every month Dr Fabien is taken
to spend a few hours with his wife Kalina and daughter Irena (Maria Bondareva)
and the Americans have been informed by Polish Resistance that there are only
a few guards accompanying him on the journey from the research facility. An
ideal place to attack, they decide, is at a crossroads along the way.
However, having set off through Sweden and being taken close to the Polish coast
by a Swedish fishing trawler captain, delays mean that they missed their opportunity
so they decide to press on to Dr Fabien's home where they encounter more Germans
than they had expected.
They also miss their rendezvous with the Partisans, who were to take them to
the Baltic coast where they were to meet a British submarine to take them home
with Dr Fabien. With a radio not working, a serious risk of falling foul of
collaborators, walking wounded and a Russian team out to get Dr Fabien for their
own purposes, crossing the unforgiving Polish wilderness in the freezing snow
will take all their strength and courage. Especially as the rowing boat they
had come ashore in has been discovered and the Germans are hot on their tail.
Tragedy has already befallen them and there is more to come. The weather in
the Baltic has taken a turn for the worse, so at great risk Britain is now sending
a C47 transport aircraft to a remote airfield to extract them. But in extreme
conditions and with the odds stacked heavily against them, will they be able
to get the scientist safely out of Poland?
Interesting yet nothing too demanding here. A low-budget movie with a simple
story, Enemy Lines benefits from some notable acting talent and is easy watching
with some historic value. Definitely worth a look.
Enemy Lines also features: Ekaterina Vladimirova as Sara; Gary Grant
as Corporal John Waites; Daniel Jillings as Private Mick Cooper; Scot Haining
as Private Ben Lee; Vladimir Epifantsev as Petrov; Kirill Pletnyov as Bondarenko;
Andrey Karako as Stanek; Patrik Karlson as Swedish Trawler Captain Karlson;
Jean-Marc Birkholz as Sturmbannführer Lehmann; and Aleksandr Zlatopolskiy as
Sasha, NKDV Soldier.
Music Composed, Orchestrated and Conducted by Philippe Jakko; Director of Photography
is Chris Maris; Story by Tom George; Screenplay by Michael Wright; Produced
by Tom George and Andy Thompson; and Directed by Anders Banke.
Courage has no borders in the action-packed World War Two thriller Enemy
Lines, released in the UK on DVD and Digital by Signature Entertainment
on 4 May 2020. Certificate: 15 | Running Time: 89 Minutes.
"Interesting yet nothing too demanding here. A low-budget movie with a simple
story, Enemy Lines benefits from some notable acting talent and is easy
watching with some historic value. Definitely worth a look" ***
Maggie Woods, MotorBar