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toejambaseball24
Super Reviewer
November 28, 2016
A fascinating look behind the curtain of a Nazi regime that was so morally lost that they could talk about exterminating millions of Jews over coffee.
November 14, 2016
Conspiracy is directed by Frank Pierson, and it stars Kenneth Branagh, Stanley Tucci, and Colin Firth in a HBO television movie about a meeting in order to get all members of the Nazi government to approve Adolf Hitler's approach on what to do with the Jews. I've never heard of this before, and managed to watch this because my history teacher talked about it and got the class and I to watch the film, which turns out to be an enjoyable film. The acting is really good with some terrific performances from Kenneth Branagh, Stanley Tucci, and Colin Firth. The movie is like the Nazi version of 12 Angry Men, but it never felt like it at all as the characters are completely different, the problem being more of a risky move that'll kill more than 12 Angry Men, and it doesn't have the same approach. The main, and only, aspect that holds the film on its own, is the writing, and if it's terrible, the movie would fall apart, but luckily the writing by Loring Mandel is well-written that keeps you interested throughout the film. When Colin Firth and Kenneth Branagh's characters don't agree with each other, that's when the movie starts getting really interesting. The issues that I have with this, are that it didn't give much of an insight of the small characters' opinion on the matter, and it makes them feel like background characters that'll agree to whatever the situation may be. I also wanted to know more of the main characters, even if they are completely evil in this. This type of film that is dialogue-driven isn't for everyone as for the people that aren't into this would probably find it boring. For the others that don't mind it or they're actually into it, you'll have a great time with this film as I had with Conspiracy.
½ July 4, 2016
For a film that takes place entirely in a dining room, it was pretty terrifying. The rhetoric and conversation used to imply the The Holocaust as something of a socioeconomic mission, rather than a tragedy, was chilling. The performances are stellar, the script is clear, and it definitely makes an impression. Just had to get used to seeing Kenneth Branagh and Colin Firth as some of the most calmly malicious anti-semites in the world.
July 2, 2016
7/2/16

A taut, well paced, well acted portrayal of a meeting in Berlin that changed the world. A brisk 90 minutes it contains drama, cold calculating solutions, evil men with a few less evil men and a business like approach to mass murder. It is hard to believe that human beings could construct this. A chilling yet highly entertaining film. Don't miss it.
June 25, 2016
Everyone should watch this movie. Scary how the hate, ignorance, and fear is coming around again. It is on Amazon and Netflicks. "Watching it, I was paralyzed with a sense of shame and disquiet." Must watch when able to stop and take breaks. Too much all at once.
½ June 17, 2016
Interesting movie about the people who determined the deaths of millions of Jews
March 29, 2016
And that is what evil looks like.
March 16, 2016
This is a film without a hero. It's disgusting not because of gore but because evil acts require a great deal of planning even the genocide of an entire race.
February 15, 2016
A well made, scripted and acted account of the fateful Final Solution meeting. Marvelously acted, the film is frighteningly engaging, in spite of it's made for television restraints, because of the horrifying morbid nature of the meeting. Excellent performances bring out the terrifying closeness of these men to ourselves in spirit and kind. This shameful discussion is exposed for what it truly is simply by its reenactment. Perhaps a bit more artistry could have helped achieve more with the medium, however, as an important retelling of the basic events "Conspiracy" is recommended viewing for all who wrestle with perhaps the greatest sin of modern man.
hunterjt13
Super Reviewer
½ January 5, 2016
Hitler's right-hand men gather to plan the logistics of the "final solution."
A "bottle movie," Conspiracy is a tense and compelling drama. The primary point of the film is made in silence; there are several beats in which a character says something morally objectionable, and the camera cuts to reaction shots of the whole group, who remain silent. It's like the filmmaker is saying, "Isn't it amazing that no one is speaking up now?" The film is Martin Niemöller's "Nobody was left to speak for me" poem in dramatic form.
Kenneth Brannagh, Colin Firth, and Stanley Tucci each give strong performances, Brannagh and Tucci exhibiting dogged efficiency and competence.
Overall, Conspiracy is a short but haunting exploration of the beginning of the Holocaust.
December 31, 2015
With Branagh and Firth heading up this cast, how could it fail? The entire film is at one location, mostly in one room, but the fact that these Germans are discussing so casually in such a dismissive manor the elimination of an entire race and a 1,000 year reign is simply stupefying. The movie lends itself to an understanding of the misguided evils and atrocities that so many can get on board for, totally ignoring that the people they are killing are simply as human as they are, equal in all ways, nevertheless, not seen as such in the least. Branagh embodies this conundrum as he talks about great music and the beautiful home he plans to occupy after the war; the same simple wants and needs every human has, even Jews. But the Nazis are so brainwashed they can't see the Jews as human. Some block out their humanity to do as they are told while others embrace the genocide as a form of self-preservation or vile commitment to the brainwashing that has gone before as justified.

Branagh carries the film with his cool, disciplined, and semi-diplomatic demeanor. He must keep things going, allowing dissent, but then crushing it firmly yet with tact, for the great leader must get his way, no deviations. Here is a group of men meeting to discuss the "Jewish problem," a problem similar to what was discussed in the states regarding the "Indian problem," with a similar solution; sadly, the American solution to the Indian problem was the impetus for Hitler's answer to the Jewish problem.

Ultimately, because the States had joined the war and resources were waning, the Germans needed a fast, inexpensive, simple solution: the gas chamber. With the SS at the helm, guided by Gen. Reinhard Heydrich, why those at the meeting were allowed to speak at all is questionable, for in the end all were asked to swear allegiance to the plan, the final solution that had actually already begun.

The film only runs 96 minutes, but I couldn't take my eyes and ears off it. It was like driving by the most fascinating car accident you never wanted to look at, but do anyway, overlooking the morbid to the critical warning to all humankind underneath.
December 5, 2015
Essentially it's 90 minutes of men sitting and talking but the content - even when couched in euphemism - chills too the bone.
October 17, 2015
Some nice acting but rather dull plus talky all the way.
September 3, 2015
This is not a war movie. This is a round table discussion on how to destroy all traces of a culture that strikes fear into the hearts of gutless politicians and spineless lawyers. There are no action scenes, no explosions, and no mystery to solve. You know the story going in, but still feel uncomfortable going out. It's amazing to see how easily protest turns to agreement when the slightest threat is presented. Those are the Nazi's of Conspiracy. The performances in this film are chilling and while this isn't really an "enjoyable" movie, it is still one that is certainly worth your watch.
August 24, 2015
Stanley Tucci is sickeningly brilliant as he sets the tone and punctuates the pace of this historical drama. It could perhaps have done with a bit more psychological depth, but the areas where that is lacking may go unnoticed due to the unnervingly drab horror of the meeting the film recounts. The banality of evil indeed.
½ August 9, 2015
The political, diplomatic, military & industrial will was set & synchronyzed with Hitler's SS intent for the greatest crime of all human history at this one moment in 1942. This meeting made it very clear that the Jews were just the beginning.
½ August 1, 2015
Quite well done recreation of the historical meeting. Good script and good cast.
Quite a decent movie.
½ January 9, 2015
A horrible topic. Based on a single document remaining for a meeting to determine the Nazi's final solution. A very well acted drama despite the topic. Shocking how business like the discussion of the mass murder of millions of people could be.
½ January 8, 2015
Fascinating Movie about the meeting of Nazis with regard to the so called Final Solution. Well acted, but chilling and disturbing due to the Subject.
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