In 1939, when Hitler tricked millions of people at the height of his power, one man stood against him; Georg Elser (Christian Friedel). Disparaged as an assassin, he was one of the greatest resistance fighters of the Second World War. Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, "13 Minutes" paints the breath-taking story of a man who could have changed world history and saved millions of human lives.
A Must-see Movie about a War Hero
- 13 Minutes review by PV
This film is in German with subtitles - and it is one of the best films about the rise of the Nazis and Hitler I have ever seen.
A fascinating story that I had never heard of before.
Maybe a bit heavy so not much comedy here and a bit grim.
But a clear 5 stars
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Prewar Resistance to Nazism
- 13 Minutes review by DD
A very fine and moving piece on one of my favourite subjects.There was more internal resistance to Hitler than is often credited.There are not too many films on the subject matter.The film is well acted with a strong and small cast Goerg Eslers heroine story is conveyed extremely well.
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.
An interesting historical account
- 13 Minutes review by PJ
It is a good film that shows more particularly how the Nazis were gradually able to take over and the population, in the main, chose to collaborate. The hero is a remarkable character in many ways and the movie gives a good and accurate account of his life. The film lacks dramatic tension at times, in my view, and therefore is not a masterpiece, but it is a very good film.
This was an interesting insight as to life in Nazi Germany behind the lines during the war. No one was safe from Nazi bullying and persecution. It is amazing how this young rebel was able to co-ordinate a sophisticated bomb-plot with a complicated love life! Perhaps the real heroes of the war were such enlightened and brave objectors who must have felt everyone was their enemy and to have the presence of mind to remain consistent to one's beliefs and conscience to the end. If you enjoy this film you must see Sophie Scholes, a female heroine working for the White Rose, on a similar subject. There is no explicit violence in this film but there is a particular scene of excruciating and almost unbearable tension which is virtually in silence!