Escape from Sobibor Reviews
A heart-wrenching masterpiece that realistically portrays one of the many chillingly harrowing stories to come out of World War 2. Its the film the Nazis did not want you to see. Escape From Sobibor is a stunningly disturbing and ultra-violent true story of a miraculous escape from a Jewish Death Camp during World War 2. Its Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List meets Gregory Hoblit's Hart's War. A heart thumping and thunderingly high tension endeaver that injects your veins with pure adrenaline. A complete masterwork from start to finish. Astonishingly gripping, utterly emotional, downright gruesome, supremely harrowing, endlessly shocking, completely miraculous and seriously and profoundly difficult to watch. Director Jack Gold does not shy away from the shocking violence and the grotesque and inhuman acts that were prevalent at the Jewish death camps scattered across Nazi occupied Europe at the height of World War 2. As with Schindler's List, Escape From Sobibor should be shown to everyone, the atrocities that occurred just can't be captured in words, what these people went through were unspeakable, but it needs to be taught, this history needs to be shown to everyone and this film did an unbelieveably brilliantly realistic job of telling one of these atrocious stories. Jack Gold and company crafted a timeless and historically accurate masterpiece that will forever be one of the very best World War 2 films ever made. Its just breathtakingly amazing throughout, an action packed, gritty, unflinching and searingly absorbing historical cinematic escapade that doesn't let off the gas pedal throughout. Be warned, this film is very highly disturbing, its dark, its bloody, its shocking, its gruesome, its grotesque, its a very serious film that should be viewed as one. If you are faint of heart, be very very wary, Escape From Sobibor is as shocking. and unflinching as a film can get. A true masterpiece, a legendary film both inside and out.
Alan Arkin Is brilliantly magnificent throughout. Rutger Haur is fantastic throughout. Iconic A List star power at its very very best.
The tale is gruesome and horrifying (even by 1980s standards) but there's enough determination and hope that you don't get depressed to the point where you want to give up and turn the DVD off. Alan Arkin is close to superb as the Jewish leader who points out the obvious futility in trying just any means of escape and waiting for the opportune moment where just not a few but all of the camp can get out. As to be expected it isn't a cake walk and of course there are surprises but it's well developed and does an admirable job (unlike many other films) of trying to stay true to what really happened at Sobibor.
Life of the characters are revealed at the end. Over 1.25M Jews were killed in this death camp. Close to 300 prisoners escaped. Something that would never happen in another death camp during WWII. Shortly after the escape the camp was pulled down and grown over in the hopes that nobody would remember it.
Based on a novel of a similar title by Richard Rashke. Camp survivor Thomas Blatt served as a technical consultant. Trivia below. After watching this again I need to compare it to the oh so mighty ‚Schindler's List‚?. Some have complained of the DVD quality but I don't feel that should factor into the grade of this fine film. This is graded from a 1980s standard when technology was less sophisticated.
STORY/PLOTTING/EDITING: B plus to A minus; CHARACTERS/DIALOGUE: B plus to A minus; CINEMATOGRAPHY: B plus; TONE/HOLOCAUST FOCUSES: A minus to A;
OVERALL GRADE: A minus; WHEN WATCHED: 2002 (third viewing and review in early July 2012).
TRIVIA/SOME SPOILERS: there were two other uprisings at Auschwitz and Treblinka. In actuality 300 did escape but most of them were recovered. Only a fraction of them evaded their pursuers. Roughly 50. Hauer's character truly did plan the revolt with a few others and was not recaptured historically. German SS were actually assassinated to confuse the rest of the guards. According to one person interviewed on the History channel (who had been at the camp) people truly did run over the corpses of the fallen to avoid setting off mines.
MORE SPOILERS: the desperate run through the minefield as they were being shot at was one of the most memorable moments. Creepy when the SS played classical music to make the new Jewish prisoners feel they were in something other than a death camp. Nice scene where the SS guy trying his boots out spotted the axe and moved away in time. Not all of them could be clueless idiots around people who clearly hated them. Believable assassinations performed by mostly normal people who were not experienced in such matters.