The Baader Meinhof Complex
Written and produced by Bernd Eichinger, the guy who produced the exception Downfall about Hitler’s last days, I couldn’t pass by the opportunity to see The Baader Meinhof Complex, especially as I just wasn’t able to fit it into my NZFF schedule last year.
Based on the German non-fiction book of the same name by Stefan Aust, it follows the story of the inception, growth and self destruction of the West German militant group the Rote Armee Fraktion (Red Army Faction).
An explosive mix of politics, action and yes, sex, The Baader Meinhof Complex takes the viewer on a wild ride through the fractured ideology and ultimately hypocritical nature of a protest group turned into blood thirsty terrorists.
It’s fascinating to witness the rightful birth of dissent, that has you captivated by their actions, willing them to prosper, through to the point where you witness them loose their basic principles and your compassion and support.
For all it does right with the choice of actors, story-line and the balance of narrative and set action pieces, The Baader Meinhof Complex does stumble slightly in the end, as it seems to loose direction – possibly mimicking the plight of the RAF – and runs terribly over time, desperately needing some more time in the cutting room.
This however should not prevent you from seeing this revealing and entertaining film.
Reviewed By: Jonathan Read
Release date; March 10th, 2010
Stars: Martina Gedeck, Moritz Bleibtreu, Johanna Wokalek, Bruno Ganz, Simon Licht
Length (Minutes): 143
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
Subtitles: English, German
Supported Audio; Dolby Digital Surround 5.1, DTS Digital Surround 5.1
Director: Edel, Uli
Studio: Warner Bros