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Based upon the final confession of Adolf Eichmann, made before his execution in Israel as he accounts to Captain Avner Less, a young Israeli Police Officer, of his past as the architect of Hitler's plan for the final solution. Captured by intelligence operatives in Argentina, 15 years after World War II, Eichmann (Kretschmann), the World's most wanted man, must be broken down and the truth unveiled. As the world waits, two men must confront each other in a battle of wills- the result of which will change a nation forever. Written by
According to CIA documents released in 2006, U.S. and West German intelligence knew that Eichmann was hiding in Argentina in 1958. But they revealed nothing, fearing he might expose former comrades who had been useful to the CIA or the German government. See more »
Historical inaccuracies abound, for instance Eichmann is depicted as leaving for Hungary in 1942 - two years before he actually did so.
Similarly in the scene where he is having sex with the Hungarian Baroness he enumerates the numbers of Jews he has killed - even though we have just been told that this is 1943 and in fact most of the deportations and exterminations he lists have not yet taken place.
And in his later recollection of this scene in prison he states that it took place while the Reich was collapsing - although in 1943 it still ruled most of Europe. See more »
As I'm sure is the case with others, I'm familiar with the story of the kidnapping of Eichmann from Argentina through the many made-for-TV movies depicting the event. Those movies were always interesting and watchable as they tended to focus more on the Mossad operation put together to capture Eichmann. This film is basically nothing more than an interrogation (with some flashback scenes thrown in) and, as such, really a battle of wits between Eichmann, who tries to portray himself solely as an uber-efficient paper pusher, and the Israeli interrogator tasked with getting a confession out of him. The problem is, while Eichmann is somewhat fleshed out in the flashback scenes and Kretschmann does a fine job with what he's given, the character of the Israeli interrogator is flat-out boring and the actor's performance simply wooden. There are no sparks between the cop and the bad guy. No witty repartee or shock disclosures that make the interrogator question his assumptions, even if just for a moment. The ending of this film is ridiculous. Not even a shot of the hangman's noose to give us closure! Just someone talking over a radio in the background. This was a very poorly constructed movie featuring one of the most wooden performances I've seen in years.
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