Enemy At The Gates Essay, Research Paper
Enemy at The Gates
The film begins in 1942. It records the following 180 days. Days on which the fate
of the civilized world hangs. It is the epic contest between the Red Army of Russia and
the Nazi forces of Germany for Stalingrad.
Joseph Fines plays Political Officer 2nd Class Danilov. In a scene, he becomes the
man who is permanently charged with inspiring the Russian forces with stories of Vassili
Jude Law plays Vassili Zaitsev. Vassili is a simple shepherd from the Urals. An
excellent marksmen who, with 5 well-aimed rounds from a rifle, becomes a Russian
Ed Harris plays Major Koenig. Koenig becomes the redeemer of German pride,
the symbol of Nazi supremacy. The sharpshooter is assigned to locate and eliminate
Rachel Weisz plays Tania. Her parents fled on a refugee train. She is orphaned
when the Germans massacre those onboard. She becomes a soldier to seek vengeance
Garbriel Thomson plays Sasha. Sasha is the youngster caught in world of total
war. He soon becomes the human thread that tells Danilov of where and when Major
Koenig is, so he can tell Vassili the location to take him down.
In this movie, a group of Soviet soldiers are being transported across a river to
take up arms in the defense of Stalingrad. Their boats are attacked by Nazi aircrafts. Ships
are blown out of the water and unarmed men, who are packed in like sardines, are
machine gunned. Those who jump overboard to escape are shot down by their own
Things get worse once the troops land. They are rushed into battle, but only every
other man gets a rifle. Facing overpowering German odds, many of those who survive the
onslaught attempt to retreat and are again shot down by their own officers for being
The main focus of this drama is the war-within-a-war fought by Vassilli and
a German sharpshooter, Major Koenig (Ed Harris), sent from Berlin for the express
purpose of stopping him.
Vassilli (Jude Law) is an unassuming rural soldier who merely performs his duty
with extraordinary skill. He is quiet, self-effacing and modest. He does not consider
himself a hero, but a soldier doing his duty. But the Soviet propaganda machine led by
Danilov (Joseph Fiennes) uses him as a tool to boost morale in the soldiers. The Soviet
press publishes his daily kill count. The battle is between Vassilli and Koenig, as each tries
to learn about the other and anticipate each others moves.