In trying to turn him into more of a comic book supervillain they miss the entire point of Eichmann. He WAS just following orders. He was a dull petty-minded bureaucrat who was content to leave the moral decisions to his superiors. It's one of the scariest things about him. Crazy raving Hitler is easy to understand. But having the man in charge of so much murder kill not through a bottomless well of malice but through sheer indifferenceâ¦ well that's a harder thing to come to terms with. But instead they need to make him malicious, because simplifying villainy is the easiest way to not have to come to terms with the evil in all of us. To say that the final revelation that, gosh, maybe he wasn't so fond of the Jews after all, is a major anticlimax is understating the case. It should never have been an issue.
The only downside of this film is the fact that the film is almost entirely in English, save for some Hebrew dialogues. The focus should have been more on making the characters speak German and Hebrew for a more original feel, especially given the fact that most of the actors are of German or Israeli origin.
A good film for any history buffs.