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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 SSNewly 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
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. 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.
  2. A handsome period production of fluidity and subtlety, intimate and large-scale.
  3. 70
    Costa-Gavras provides a post-war postscript to make clear that honesty is punished; cynicism survives.
  4. 60
    Tricked up with so many points that there's barely any flow to it.
  5. 50
    While Amen works as a history lesson, it's less effective as a thriller, since the outcome is sadly all too well-known.
  6. In the end Amen is neither as moving nor as illuminating as it should be. It suffers especially when compared -- as is inevitable, given the closeness of their release dates -- with "The Pianist," Roman Polanski's movie about a Polish Jew during the Nazi occupation.
  7. Too bloodless to satisfy except as a political exercise.

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