A Truce which is Hard to Remember

Ali Liebert and Craig Anthony Olejnik in Christmas Truce (2015)

When a tentative 24 hour truce is called during the Battle of the Bulge, American Captain John Myers (Craig Anthony Olejnik) meets Alina Hammond (Ali Liebert) a Belgium farm girl. They share a few romantic hours to remember and when they have to part ways they make a promise to meet again once the war is over under a specific bell tower they both know.

As ideas go "Christmas Truce" has some potential to deliver a memorable war time romance even if the idea is not that original. The whole idea of a soldier spending a few romantic hours with a girl from another country and through spending pretty much of the day chatting, getting to know each other and doing a few Christmassy things fall for each other is entertaining and has potential to be beautiful as well as romantic. And then you have that huge element of whether or not they will meet again once the war is over.

Unfortunately the potential of "Christmas Truce" is wasted with a look which whilst sharp lacks depth and generally has that too clean style to be believable of a war movie. But then there is the dialogue and I have to say that the nature of the dialogue is less romantic and more banal. It is a case that pretty much the movie's entire potential is wasted on a look which is false and dialogue which is uninteresting and certainly not romantic.

The one thing it has is that it isn't lacking in actor appeal and Craig Anthony Olejnik has one of those faces which shares features with Bradley Cooper making him some what handsome and charming. And Ali Liebert brings plenty of classic war time appeal with her hair and lipstick having that distinct 1940s style. But their characters along with the dialogue is utterly forgettable.

What this all boils down to is that "Christmas Truce" is a movie with an idea which has potential but all it does is prove that it is very hard to make an effective war time romantic melodrama on a TV movie budget as this comes up short time after time.

Tags: Christmas Movies, TV Christmas Movies

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