Baader Meinhof Complex (Der Baader Meinhof Komplex) Movie Reviews
Release Date: Aug 21, 2009
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This is the best movie about the passions of the 1970s and the legacy of World War 2 Germany produced. It starts with the Revolutions of 1968, the attempted assassination of Red Rudi, the brutality of the Shah of Iran and his secret police, rises with the story of the Red Army Faction and its merry band of anrachists and juvenile offenders, and ends with the RAF murder of a German official who was an official in the Nazi Regime. Where is the line between freedom and terrorism? The film is a terrific exploration of the endless cycle of German terroristic violence, whether from Naziism, capitalistic democracy, anarchism, government, or "the people" is shown as a "complex," a pathology that begins with a quest for freedom and justice.
A wonderfully, twisted and an extremely tense movie - you are gripped with this film from the start to it's final ending.
This is not your typical movie where there is a set protagonist. Instead, this film follows the Battleship Potemkin style with a dash of modernism - the storyline does not follow any specific character, it follows the beginning, middle and end of the RAF. This, in film speak, is an unbelievably well structured story.
In the first act of this film, you almost unquestionably want to take up arms and fight along with them to help win the war for their specific cause. War is bad. Imperialism is bad. America and the thirst for oil is terrible. The images that portray this starves the audience into having a hunger for joining their cause. And then the second act begins....
The second act of this film takes the viewer into the terrible depths of their actions where they go from freedom fighters to actual terrorists.
And, as I have said before, it has no specific protagonist... but, the story of it and our own ideas of how stories are told makes one think that Meinhof is the stories protagonist... but again, as this movie progresses very aggressively, one can see that this film is not about one person at all... it's about everyone who had anything to do with the RAF.
The movie is a mindblowing experience into our histories past and it portrays the outright cruelty of the insanity that is the terrorist all most too horribly perfect.
This movie is a must see.
Except, of course, me... the beginning really needs better choice edits. If certain beginning shots weren't in this, I would give it a Five Stars.
Terrible! Don't waste your time on the Baader Meinhoof Complex (BMC"). The visuals on this movie are good, but the plotline of Calvin Klein models depicting Porsche driving terrorists/rockstars is terrible. This movie is too long by a good hour, has a warped view of history, and fails to grasp the hypocrisy of the terrorist movement of the 70's, or even the hypocrisy of the movie itself.
BMC turns cold blooded killers into sympathetic characters. The movie mocks the western justice system yet praises middle east dictators such as the Iraqi regime under Saadam Hussein. The terrorists are the cool kids in this movie, judges are the nerds that deserved to be killed.
The recent student protests in Iran and the ensuing violent repression of these protests has added a layer of hypocrisy to this movie that the producers probably did not anticipate. Many of the earlier scenes of the film center on the struggle the characters undertake to portray the former Shah of Iran as a tyrant, and the ensuing alliance between these characters and anti-Israel terrorists in the middle east. How Ironic that the new rulers of Iran are now considered even worse than the old ones.
Long, boring and with a distorted sense of history - ignore this one.