Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (The Baader Meinhof Complex)
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Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (The Baader Meinhof Complex)
Germany in the 1970s: Murderous bomb attacks, the threat of terrorism and the fear of the enemy inside are rocking the very foundations of the still fragile German democracy. The radicalized children of the Nazi generation led by Andreas Baader, Ulrike Meinhof and Gudrun Ensslin are fighting a violent war against what they perceive as the new face of fascism: American imperialism supported by the German establishment, many of whom have a Nazi past. Their aim is to create a more human society but by employing inhuman means they not only spread terror and bloodshed, they also lose their own… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It doggedly refuses easy ways out, and it has the guts, brains and critical eye to plumb the roots of terror and its bloody consequences."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"It'd be nice to see an American filmmaker commit a similar reckoning with the Watts riots, the Weather Underground, or the Black Power movement, not simply resort to cant and kitsch but to really interpret those moments."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"A stirring, bloodcurdling terrorist drama."
‑ Don Groves,
"A glossy, pulse pounding pure Hollywood-style thriller designed for the express purpose of demythologizing its protagonists."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"An impressive period reconstruction and a ripping yarn that never reduces its complicated and conflicted characters to stereotypes ... one of the best action movies of last year and a thoughtful essay on the futility of violence."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"The Baader-Meinhof Complex is not an easy film to watch; its violence is ugly and brutish. And there's a lot of it."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"There are some literally killer performances here, most notably Johanna Wokalek as Gudrun."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"This flick was written by Stefan Aust, long-time editor of Der Spiegel, Germany's version of Time Magazine. Hence the lurid, superficial and reactionary tilt. The Baader-Meinhof gang was disgusting, but nearly as disgusting as the people they fought."
‑ Louis Proyect,
"... the detail is fascinating and it is mesmerizing to watch this idealistic rebellion swamped by obsession, revolutionary fervor and the psychotic drive of Andreas Baader..."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"Filmed through tear gas and broken glass, Edel graphically depict the horrific violence (the group was responsible for nearly 30 deaths) while equally layering in substance."
‑ Kent Turner,
"Part thriller, part social history, this tense 2008 drama traces the rise and fall of the Baader-Meinhof gang."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"There's a fine line to walk when making a film about outlaws: A few wrong moves and, presto, glamorization occurs. To its credit, The Baader Meinhof Complex almost entirely avoids this pitfall."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"A sweeping docudrama of recent history in Germany regarding home-grown terrorism."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The Baader Meinhof Complex is a terrific entertainment, an action packed look at anarchy in the streets followed by the specious slacker malaise argued behind closed doors."
‑ Bill Gibron, PopMatters
"One of the ten best films of 2009"
‑ Fr. Chris Carpenter, Orange County and Long Beach Blade

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