Fatherland (1994)

TV Movie   |    |  Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi


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In April 1964, more than twenty years after the Nazis won World War II, S.S. officer Xavier March (Rutger Hauer) uncovers a plot to eliminate the attendees of the Wannsee Conference so that Germany can establish better relations with the U.S.


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28 April 2007 | buiger
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| Did they ever read the Book?
A great book has been completely desecrated by this movie. The filmmakers have created a sort of 'soap opera thriller' that has absolutely nothing to do with the outstanding novel it is supposed to be based on. Where are the wonderfully described murky atmospheres of the book, the gray shades of everyday life in post WW2 Nazi Germany that are so vivid in the book you can feel them, they are almost palpable. Where is the suspense, where is the thriller?

Unfortunately, none of this is present in the movie, which spends far too much time in explaining to the viewers that R. Hauer is a good Nazi, showing him being a good father to his kid, etc... The film lacks also in pace, it lacks credibility (the depiction of the Nazis, the SS, the Gestapo, etc. is nothing less than grotesque, totally unreal), it seems as if the director actually never even read the book... And then the ending to top it all off... What a pity. Maybe someone in the future will attempt a second filming of this novel with better success. Let's hope so...

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