In terribly poor taste
One might think that wasted potential is the worst thing that can come
from an unimpressive flick... it takes away the opportunity for more
capable people to use the same idea, at least for a while. Here,
however, we have such a misuse of historical events... it's frankly
disgusting. I believe in educating all future generations about the
Nazis, and understanding how, and especially why, they did what they
did, so that it may never be allowed to happen again. Meanwhile, I do
not agree with using what happened as the basis for this "cool little
concept" they cooked up. Also very offensive, albeit considerably less
so, is the blatant oversimplifications that, like other movies about
this subject(which I will not reveal here, I intend for this to be a
spoiler-free review), may disturb those who do not know enough facts to
dismiss this, and, for all the wrong reasons, be scared of the use of
that science in real life. This has pretty obvious and easily avoided
holes. It postulates that Mengele had a specific plan at the time this
was made, and it involves killing 94 men. To do this, he employs known,
surviving SS officers and the like. Why? They're recognizable. It would
be logical to use untraceable guns for hire or something. The pacing is
decent. With Peck(who manages to look the part perfectly, and be
genuinely intimidating) and Olivier being so talented, it was an
unbelievably stupid idea to have them speak every single line, at least
several of which potentially effective and strong, through those silly
accents. What's the point? They don't go into full German, no matter
who they're talking to. The dialog varies greatly. Acting tends to be
good, the kid is shockingly bad, I mean, to the point where it's just
short of being downright painful. This is, in the end, nothing but a
run-of-the-mill Hollywood thriller, and it could have been infinitely
better. The novel(which I have not read) was by Ira Levin, and look how
astonishing and unforgettable the film Rosemary's Baby(also from a book
of his) is! I can definitely see how both were written by him. Though I
would love to, I haven't watched Patton or Planet of the Apes, by this
same director. What happened here? Three decades pass, then it's fair
game? Had this been about an entirely fictional, fanatical group...
and/or, at the very least, provided some compelling drama, instead of
hoping to stir up excitement from a plot that seems as though it
originated in a campy 50's sci-fi schlock-fest, maybe it would be
acceptable. As it is, it's passable, and, frankly, on shaky(if not
outright collapsing) moral ground. I recommend this only to those who
are smart enough to not take it too seriously. 5/10.
malam watch Mystic River movie
The Boys From Brazil is a very good film and worth to be seen. .
navashawn watch Titus movie
great action thriller....
gombert watch Bone Trouble movie
nice plot nice actoring.
Yep. The only actor ever to get named a lord acted alongside the guy from the "Police Academy" movies
"The Boys from Brazil" is admittedly an improbable movie, but chilling
nonetheless. American college student Barry Kohler (Steve Guttenberg)
finds Nazi doctor Josef Mengele (Gregory Peck) hiding out in South
America. Kohler tries to report Mengele's diabolical plans (for a
Fourth Reich) to Nazi hunter Ezra Liebermann (Laurence Olivier*), but
Mengele murders him. The rest of the movie shows Liebermann
investigating the mysterious deaths of several men around the world,
all of whom had sons who look exactly the same. The climax comes when
Liebermann and Mengele finally meet.
As is apparently always the case with Ira Levin's stories ("Rosemary's
Baby" and "The Stepford Wives"), everything seems to be normal at
first, until some point where you realize that there is clearly
something unseemly going on. It may be an outlandish concept, but the
whole movie is quite intense once you realize what Mengele and his
cronies are planning.
*Interestingly, Laurence Olivier had played a Nazi in "Marathon Man"
two years earlier..