Sunday, 17 August 2014

Wakolda - review

X-Men: First Class featured a scene where Magneto tracked down former Nazi officers to a remote region in Argentina to exact revenge.

While that movie might be classified as science fiction, it is a fact that many Nazis escaped to Argentina after the war to avoid prosecution for war crimes and Wakolda is based on the true story of how the "Angel of Death" Josef Mengele integrated himself into the lives of one Argentinian family and continued to pursue his research and experimentation by using the children, in particular the young and innocent Lilith (an excellent Florencia Bado).

Mengele himself is played with a quiet, eerie calm and charm by Alex Brendemuhl, who portrays him as a man rather than a monster.

It is effectively directed and filmed in a style reminiscent of films like The Lives Of Others and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy but is let down by some rather clumsy metaphors (the father who produces unique handmade dolls is persuaded to manufacture identikit figures) and a final scene which is incredibly over-scored and out of place with the rest of the film.

Very nearly "the Reich stuff".

4 stars

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