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"The Believer" explores a Jewish student's private journey to understand the meaning of Judaism in his life. Set in New York City, the Plot follows a morally confused young adult struggling with the conflict between his beliefs and his heritage. "The Believer" examines themes of religion, family, and self-loathing. It is a psychological examination into the forces of intolerance, both on the individual and society as a whole. Written by
Like "Romper Stomper" and the intensely powerful "American History X,"
here we have another brilliant film which revolves around National
Socialism and the fiercely racist ideals behind it. This movie,
however, varies strongly from the two previously mentioned in that it
seems to have been researched far more heavily, and, focuses on not a
general Neo-Nazi or skinhead, but on a young Jewish manwho has turned
to Neo-Nazis and fascism for strength.
This film revolves around a young man who was born and raised into
Judaism only to become heavily fed up with the styles, rules, rituals,
and apparent hypocrisies therein. Ever since his youth he'd been
questioning the Jewish faith and the very meaning of being Jewish. The
film follows him as he struggles with the faith he was raised with and
the Nazi ideals he adopts against it. Through it all, he also struggles
with his own identity and the hypnotic way that these two opposing
ideologies have power over people. On top of that, he's later recruited
by a group of neo-fascists, so to speak, looking to make fascism a
reputable political movement, much like Communism has evolved into
Democratic societies these days as Socialism.
Here's the breakdown:
--The acting, for the most part is excellent.
--The amount of information about both Nazism and Judaism is
staggeringly well researched. At least, that's how it seems.
--Nice cinematography and atmosphere.
Didn't Hurt It, Didn't Help:
--This film focuses very little time on "Neo-Nazis versus everybody;"
it's more about Nazism and Judaism butting heads.
--Often times with movies of this nature, Nazi Movies, there is strong
violence used in part to hammer home the intensity of the subject
matter. This film focuses on the ideologies more than the violence and
as such, actually doesn't feel as powerful as, say, "American History
--During flashback sequences where we see the main character in his
youth in school, the kid playing the part isn't exactly a great actor.
--Somewhat predictable ending.
--With the ideologies, stories, and charactersthere's an awful lot
going on in this film. Unfortunately, when the movie ends, if feels
like there was a lot left unanswered, or simply, not fully explored.
--There were actually quite a few. For me, it was the first several
times we get to know the girl who becomes the main character's love
interestand all the ways it seems she's just not right in the head.
Acting: 8/10 Story: 9/10 Atmosphere: 7/10 Cinematography: 8/10
Character Development: 9/10 Special Effects/Make-up: 0/10 (Movie didn't
require any) Nudity/Sexuality: 3/10 Violence/Gore: 6/10 (Not as much
violence as is common in films of this type) Dialogue: 9/10 (Some
brilliant conversations and ideas throughout) Music: 7/10 Direction:
Cheesiness: 1/10 Crappiness: 0/10
Be prepared to stomach a lot of harsh words and racism, but this is an
intense film with a lot going on. Another one recommended to those with
an interest in National Socialism, Judaism and their histories and
ideologies. Full-fledged Nazis, ironically, will not like many of the
directions this movie takes, and neither might serious Jewsthe views
expressed in this film are that strong. My final rating comes from the
overall intelligence and strength of the film, despite is drawbacks.
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