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Eichmann

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5.81 h 36 min200715
This film is based on the final confession of Adolf Eichmann. Captured in Argentina 15 years after WW2, the world's most wanted man must be broken down and the truth unveiled of his role as the architect of Hitler's final solution.
Directors
Robert Young
Starring
Thomas KretschmannTroy GarityFranka Potente
Genres
ActionDrama
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Audio Languages
English
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Stephen Fry
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High Fliers
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4.2 out of 5 stars

433 global ratings

  1. 58% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 18% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 10% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 6% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 7% of reviews have 1 stars
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Sebastian PalmerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 January 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
Hmmm!? Fascinating subject, mediocre film
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I'm not entirely sure why, but this film was quite disappointing. I watched it with a pal. And we agreed, it was somehow underwhelming.

Essentially it depicts a war of wills between Adolf Eichmann (Thomas Kretschmann) and Avner Less (Troy Garity), the Israeli agent tasked with interrogating the high-level Nazi, famously abducted from his postwar exile in Argentina.

All the elements of the film, from its ostensible subjects - the history and person of Eichmann, his abduction and removal to Israel to stand trial, and the process by which he is brought to trial - are, or ought to be, fascinating and compelling.

But somehow it doesn't spark sufficient interest. Perhaps Kretschmann doesn't quite succeed in the role? He can act, as witness his roles in Stalingrad and Downfall. He's clearly studied footage of Eichmann: he both looks and acts the part, visually at any rate. Or maybe it's the way the film is structured/directed? Use of flashbacks to the time of the war is made, but they just don't work, somehow. More emphasis is placed on Eichmann's sexual peccadilloes than his inhumanity.

I initially posted this as a four star review - I recall enjoying it more than my pal did! - but, unlike many other war films I have, including some on ostensibly similar subjects, such as Downfall, which I've probably watched four or five times now, I feel no urge to watch this again.

Strangely, one of the things that struck me most and lingered in my mind after watching this, was not any sense of horror at the monster Eichmann may have been, but the irony of the fact that Avner Less drives a Volkswagen Beetle, the Führer's 'people's car'. Surely this means that somehow the film is failing to tell its story with sufficient verve?
10 people found this helpful
PetaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 December 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Captures a very important piece of modern European and Israeli history
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It's a captivating and intelligent take on Adolf Eichmann's abduction from Argentina and consecutive interrogation before being sentenced to death. The creators capture the atmosphere, the sense of superiority of the German officialdom, the collusion of the Jewish authorities, the horror during the war, as well as the self confidence and sense of purpose of the young Jewish state. The film ends with an epilogue about humanity and democracy reminding the viewer that history is still alive.
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ReviewerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 April 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
An important historical drama
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I found this film to be engrossing but at times a little tough to sit through.

The seven month interogation of newly a captured Adolf Eichmann is compacted here in 1 hour 40 minutes.

Eichmann was one of the greatest criminals that history has ever known.

He was responsible for the death of six million Jews.

This is a good film, but it that falls short of its potential due to its subject matter.
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Ms Flavia TassaraReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 September 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Dull
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I was expecting something more in-depth than this, instead subtitles are missing when needed (not everybody can read Hebrew) and too much space was given to the personal life of the interrogator. Not that he doesn't deserve his story to be told but done like it was done in this film it's a waste of time. For me, this story was told in a too superficial way, which was a real pity.
Mike HReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 July 2016
2.0 out of 5 stars
Dull
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Having a massive interest in world war 2 history, I bought this. I loved conspiracy and thought it was really well done, even though it mainly, focuses on a meeting the whole film, it caught your attention. This focuses on Eichmann in his prison ceil after being caught by Israelis. Its dull to say the least and does not really do much for the viewer and does not give you much of a history lesson either as, the story told is very basic, one to watch it you can borrow, but don't bother buying.
3 people found this helpful
Ms. Cheryl A. CollinsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 September 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Frightening
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Whilst I agree with some of the criticism, you have to remember the audience this film was targeted towards. I found it fascinating on a human level: First to see the dichotomy between what Jewish people wanted from his arrest and wanting to move on, and from Eichman himself who just missed his children but wouldn't see the irony that his own 6 year old would become fatherless because of him. Thomas Kretschman portrays him superbly as a cold, controlling man. Just a man doing his duty.
4 people found this helpful
MARCUS RICHARDSONReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 February 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A good historical film
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Not much action in this film, just a historical overview of the evidence gathering process used by Israel to prosecute Eichman after his capture... it seems some attempt of dramatisation has been made, based on hearsay from witnesses to Eichmans atrocities.
SpeedigeeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 May 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
Recommended
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The last of the big name Nazis to meet his destiny. The film takes us from his capture in Argentina 15 years after WW2 finished to his trial and execution in Israel. Very well done.
14 people found this helpful
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