Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Baader-Meinhof Complex (2008)

Director: Uli Edel. Cast: Martina Gedeck, Moritz Bleibtreu, Johanna Wokalek, Bruno Ganz. 150 min. Rated R. Germany. Political.

For those (including myself) who don't know much about the RAF, the German terrorist organization of the 60s-70s, The Baader-Meinhof Complex works perfectly as a history class - but nothing beyond that. Although the film has an explosive opening 15 minutes, it doesn't sustain the same rhythm for the remaining 2 hours, and there's not much of the director's personal viewpoint about the RAF anywhere throughout. Maybe the only take-home message here, is that the concept of "resistance/revolution" (as opposed to "protest") is just a way to vent out some repressed internal rage; rather than a true altruistic cause.

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