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Also released this week: Land of Mine; Shin Godzilla

10 August, 2017 — By Dan Carrier

Mikkel Følsgaard in Land of Mine

Directed by Martin Zandvliet
Certificate: 12a

LAND Of Mine, released last week, is a slow-burning war film with a difference.

When the Germans invaded the Scandinavian countries, they laid over a million land mines on the shores of Denmark. After their defeat, someone had to deal with the ordnance left behind – and the job fell to German PoWs.

The vast majority of the troops captured were teenagers and they were put to work clearing up this horrible, dangerous mess Germans a little older than them had left behind.

Danish officer Rasmussen (Roland Møller) has seen his nation suffer, watched the German army goose-step over Scandinavian values of neutrality. He has to supervise these prisoners and at first his post-traumatic stress means he is less likely to have a duty of care towards them in place of making the beaches safe again.

But gradually, his icy Nordic demeanour begins to thaw as he and the adolescents share the suffering of a continent destroyed by six years of conflict.

Rasmussen asks: is this justice, or simple revenge?

Directed by Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi
Certificate: 12a

THE 1954 Godzilla movie, which has spawned loads of green giant reptile flicks since (30 odd and counting), was a reaction to the aftermath of the war and particularly the use of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The return of a giant creature terrorising Tokyo draws on a more contemporary disaster – the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, that caused the nuclear power plant at Fukushima to collapse.


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