Robert’s review published on Letterboxd:
War? What is it good for? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!
Come and See is a film that I have been meaning to watch for a very long time. It's the 2nd highest rated feature-length film on Letterboxd, and it's considered to be one of the most realistic and haunting depictions of not just World War II, but the entire concept of war itself. After viewing the film, I can confirm that it is perhaps the most terrifying non-horror film I've ever seen.
Unsurprisingly, this film was so difficult to watch because of its brutality, that, as soon as it was over, I had to put on something more relaxing, so I watched the movie Ted. It wasn't good, nor was it that funny (some parts made me chuckle), but it really helped me recover from the nightmare that was Come and See, at least just for the night. After you've seen this film, you will never forget it.
The film is about a young boy who, after finding a rifle, joins a Soviet resistance squad as a militiaman, only to be left behind by the soldiers at the camp. He meets a girl working as a nurse at the camp, and he forms a bond with her. That bond comes to an end very quickly, as the film turns into a complete nightmare. The two are attacked by German troops, barely making it out alive. And that's only just the first 40 minutes, because it gets worse. Way worse.
Writing this review is extremely difficult. I can't even find the right words or phrases that perfectly describe watching this film. I just can't. And that's what makes it so great. It's doesn't go full-on torture porn since it does contain moments of sentimentality, especially during the first act. Not just the tone of it, but the way it's crafted makes it even more unforgettable. I'm amazed the actors managed to survive this film, because everything is real. They didn't use blanks or firecrackers like most movies do, and instead they used live ammo, putting the actors in real danger. Not only that, but a cow was actually killed for this movie, and I completely understand if that aspect upsets you.
5/5. Watch it. You will never forget it.