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Number of Times Seen – 2 (6 Jan 2008 and 5 Sep 2017)
Brief Synopsis – A young Jewish woman joins the Dutch resistance as a spy in order to get information from the Germans during the final days of World War II.
My Take on it – This is a great World War II thriller directed by famed Hollywood director Paul Verhoeven who chose to return to his native country and language when making this film in Holland.
The story is extremely thrilling and gripping the entire time and does a great job keeping us on our toes because the story is ever evolving and changing directions the whole way through.
The story keeps making abrupt stops at unexpected points to change directions.
This helps keep things surprising and you never really know which characters you should trust and which not to.
Often, the viewer will believe one thing about a character and that will instantly change when that character does something even more unexpected along the way.
The way that Verhoeven creates an atmosphere of unknowns is great because not only does that help make things feel even more realistic but it also keeps us guessing over and over as to what is really going on here.
Bottom Line – Great thriller set during the waning days of World War II that keeps things thrilling and exciting the entire time. The way that the story keeps changing directions at abrupt intervals really helps because we never know who we can really trust and then when we begin to think one way, everything changes directions yet again. Verhoeven does a great job here keeping us guessing the entire time and the way that he portrays the characters come off as feeling extremely realistic the whole time. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Director Paul Verhoeven and screenwriter Gerard Soeteman got the idea for this movie while doing research for Soldier of Orange (1977). Instead of simply working the controversies surrounding the Dutch Resistance into the already top-heavy screenplay of that film, they decided to make a separate movie out of it. Verhoeven and Soeteman wrote the screenplay over a period of almost 20 years, and they finally solved many script problems by making the main character a woman. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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