Terrific performances throughout. Beautiful production design. Great story telling. Just refreshing to see talented filmmakers and actresses/actors working with good and well crafted scripts. And, again, Crowley, the Captain, thank you. I will pay to see whatever you come out with next.
Well made. Well shot. Fantastic archival footage. Obviously the product of passion and heart and good fundamental storytelling. But make no mistake -- Larry Kramer is the heart and soul of this doc .... And this doc has plenty of it.
Watched it on HBO. Recommended.
Lots of lapses in logic ... Blah, blah, blah.
Feel like the director was more concerned with style over substance, and that shows up on the screen. If The Professional is a ten, this movie is a four or five ...
Movie has good production value, and the acting is pretty good when the character's motivations aren't handled in a ham fisted way. Editing is inconsistent and draws a lot of attention to itself in certain sequences in a negative way -- particularly the opening chase scene and the ending fight scene.
Jessica Chastain is really special in this movie. I'd seen her in Take Shelter, and she is such a different character in this movie. She really does have fantastic range and she creates a memorable character. Kudos to her.
The movie is slick and well shot. And there was a nice balance -- all the white people weren't "bad" . . . and all the black people weren't "good." There was obviously a lot of attention to detail -- and in a story like this it'd be easy to fall into clichés and melodramatic moments -- kudos to the writer/director for mitigating much of this.
Highly recommended for those who want to know all the ins and outs of Auschwitz. From its inception to its ultimate destruction . . . and how the Nazis created efficient murder factories.
Not only does it interview survivors, but also some of the SS guards. There are first hand accounts of seemingly every aspect of this concentration camp. Well made and worth watching . . .
There's a little recap at the end of each Disc where a moderator discusses some issues with various academic types -- and it didn't really add too much to the series as a whole. Seems like a good educational tool for high school students, etc.
First off, I was surprised it was a Jim Sheridan film -- this guy is a great director. That gave me hope. I kept on feeling like this was going to be a "Pearl Harbor" plot . . . and I just wasn't interested - but it wasn't until nearly 80 minutes into the movie that I realized that I had been duped -- the marketing of this movie really IS MISLEADING AND not a good fit for the film . . .
Anyway, I don't want to give anything away. It's a well done flick. Gyllenhal is great. Portman is strong. Tobey is kind of weird at the beginning -- some strange choices -- but he's terrifically strong in the final act of the film.
The photography in this film is so gritty and real . . . the direction/acting is superb. Could have very easily turned out to be something very cheesy. But, it's handled deftly. If you ever get a chance to see this film, I'd recommend it highly.
I don't really have much more to say about the picture. After all it is a short film. But, IMDb requires a minimum of 10 lines in the commentary for some reason, which is really annoying, so at this point I'm just trying to fill up space.