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  • Summary: Newly commissioned SS Lieutenant and respected civilian chemist, Kurt Gerstein, discovers that the Zyklon B pellets he has developed to disinfect soldiers' drinking water are being used to gas interred Jews by the thousands. Recruited to help streamline the death camp process by a team of SS officers, Gerstein secretly approaches the Swedish Consulate, the German Protestant community and finally Vatican representatives in the hopes of exposing this unspeakable crime. (Kino International) Expand
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 19
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  1. 80
    Subtle distinctions have not been Costa-Gavras' long suit, but urgency becomes him in this forceful and intelligent evocation.
  2. It's not every day that movies present a Teutonic character in SS uniform as an unambiguously moral hero, so enjoy this rarity. And the film.
  3. 70
    Costa-Gavras provides a post-war postscript to make clear that honesty is punished; cynicism survives.
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    60
    About as subtle as a hammer blow to the skull and marred by a heedless mixture of fact and fiction.
  5. It's regrettable that director Costa-Gavras puts more of his storytelling energy into simplistic psychology and suspense-movie action than historical depth and philosophical insight. This prevents Amen. from becoming a Holocaust drama for the ages.
  6. 50
    While Amen works as a history lesson, it's less effective as a thriller, since the outcome is sadly all too well-known.
  7. The picture as a whole lacks the energy and incisiveness --the sheer anger-- that have marked Costa-Gavras's best films. A pity, because it is a true Costa-Gavras subject.

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