In late 1942 during the Battle of Stalingrad, a cat-and-mouse battle of wits ensues between a Russian sniper (Jude Law) and a German marksman (Ed Harris).

With the two sides locked in a stalemated struggle creating casualties by the thousands, Russian government men Joseph Fiennes and Bob Hoskins (as politician Nikita Khrushchev) are keen to build up Law’s character into an inspirational hero, while Harris’ orders are to kill him.

Based on a true story, this is a gripping, suspenseful, nail-biting drama and, though some plot threads seem unduly contrived (not least a daring child spy and Rachel Weisz as Law’s frontline love interest), the re-creation of the ruined city is faultless and Law and Harris are superb.