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May 16, 2015
What can you say? This film had potential...a lot. Here you have a chance to make a modern-day classic. A courtroom drama on the level of Judgment at Nuremburg (1961, Stanley Kramer) or a more personal drama like The Verdict (1982, Sidney Lument) could have been the result of a more focused script. Alas, we have a mediocre film with a running time of about 100 minutes; not enough time to do justice to the film's potential. Although, there are glimpses of what might have been and these make the film worth watching: (1) The actual subject of Adolf Eichmann's trial isn't discussed very frequently nowadays and it is refreshing to see it in a public light; (2) the acting is good, but Thomas Kretschmann as Eichmann is great; Kretschmann alone is reason enough to view the film; and (3) a clear theme emerges throughout the film despite the script's lack of focus, which is the "banality of evil" as personified by Eichmann; it is not a new theme as Hannah Ardent proposed it as her thesis in the classic book: Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil (1963). The theme is as timely today as it was then and makes a great topic for research. Despite these glimpses of potential greatness, the film skews into questionable historical waters and goes for the splinter approach of trying balance the Avner Less home story, workplace politics, historical and familial flashbacks, and the Holocaust as an event and a memory. It is just too much for the time frame and the film suffers as a result. If only, if only...
January 28, 2015
This film is a prime example of missing the point. Adolf Eichmann was responsible for organizing and running the Holocaust. He was a heartless bastrd and his subordinates had pretty well sold him up the river as soon as they got the chance. Everyone knew he was guilty as sin. Which makes the whole dramatic theme of the movie insane: that they needed to get him to admit to the murders or set him free. Eichmann admits from the start that he was in charge, but argues that he was just following orders, a defense already tried by dozens of deceased war criminals at the Nuremberg Trials. But apparently it's not enough to have just organized the largest genocide in human history. No, he has to have done it for evil reasons or he's a free man. Because apparently the crime of murdering millions of people is somehow less than the crime of being an anti-semite.

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 indifference⦠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.
May 9, 2014
While The Portrayal Of Eichmann Was Riveting, The Story Lacked Pacing And Consistency. Hard To Keep Focus Throughout.
Super Reviewer
June 5, 2013
Adolf Eichmann was one of the greatest criminals that history has ever known. He was responsible for the death of six million Jews. This film is a good film, but one that falls short of its potential due to its subject matter. I felt that although quite good, it lacked something to really make this film stand out. This is a well acted film that works well due to its subject, and if you're interested in the story, then this may be a film to watch. Eichmann concerns the trial and execution of Adolf Eichmann for crimes against humanity. The plot is well structured, but like I said, it should have been done a bit better because this trial was one of the biggest, most important trials in the history of the 20th century. Actor Thomas Kretschmann plays the titular role, and he is the saving grace of the film, and he makes you keep watching because his performance is intense and disturbing. The film is quite interesting but for its short runtime, I feel that the filmmakers rushed it a bit, and didn't offer a more elaborate in depth look at the Eichmann trial. For what we see here, it is good, but it does fall short of what this film could have been. The performances from the cast are what really save this film from being a total dud and the story is quite interesting of course, but if you want to know the full facts, read books on the subject and watch a few documentaries as well. This film offers an interest in that part of history, and it's something worth a watch due to the fact that these events were quite important and played a big part of bringing justice to one of the biggest crimes ever committed. For all its faults, it's thrilling to see the interrogation of Adolf Eichmann unfolding and more facts about his involvement arise and Eichmann gets exactly what he deserved. Overall imperfect, but with great performances, this one is worth seeing.
March 20, 2013
Kretschmann wasn't bad !
½ January 27, 2013
horrible..fucking horrible
January 4, 2013
This is an important historical drama that shows how Israel treated SS- Obersturmbannführer Adolf Eichmann decently during his interrogation...despite what he had done to more than 6 million Jews during the Holocaust of Drittes Reich. Thomas Kretschmann is able to show the calmness and demeanour of the manipulative Adolf Eichmann.

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.
½ February 6, 2012
Based on the interrogation of Adolf Eichmann, telling the story of the Israeli who was interrogating him, and the strain it had on him and his family trying to get an admission of guilt. Also flashback scenes of Eichmann's letters he wrote to his family as well as the true nature of his crimes whilst he denies everything.

A good film for any history buffs.
December 9, 2011
Decent depiction of a battle of wills interrogation, although being based on well-known fact it does lack some of the intensity a fictional story would allow.
September 15, 2011
it's a bit calm, but it sure gets your attencion because you want to know the end of it. Nazi stories are allways really crude
May 14, 2011
Interesting part of history, poorly executed. It's slow and very dull. There's essentially no entertaining aspect until towards the end when it all comes to a head. By that time you're still snoozing from the boring start or annoyed because you just woke up.
½ April 3, 2011
God awful. Probably worse than Eichmann himself.
½ February 11, 2011
The payoff was a bit underwhelming, but otherwise pretty well done.
January 9, 2011
No real climax - disappointing in that sense. It was over before it seemed it had really begun.
January 4, 2011
Okay, it'll be a definite downer!
½ January 3, 2011
Interesting story, unfortunately poorely guided.
November 25, 2010
whilst this film only shows the period from when Eichmann had been arrested and was being interrogated in an Israeli prison, which is a story in itself, you still get a full picture of the horrors this evil German undertook and ordered others to undertake. An insight into the mind of a monster.
½ November 14, 2010
Thomas Kretchmann is phenomenal and he looks like Eichmann at the end. It was an okay little film, but a shame they didn't put more money and effort into it. It was rather trite actually.
Super Reviewer
½ October 25, 2010
Solid and compelling dramatization of the interrogation and confession of Adolph Eichmann, the orchestrator of Hitler's "final solution," 15 years after the end of WWII. Thomas Kretschmann is chilling in the title role, providing a layered portrait of a monster as a human being.
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