Zev Guttman (Academy Award Winner Christopher Plummer), receives a mysterious package from his close friend Max (Academy Award Winner Martin Landau), containing a stack of money and a letter detailing a shocking plan. Both Zev and Max were prisoners in Auschwitz, and the same sadistic guard was responsible for the death of both their families - a guard who, immediately after the war, escaped Germany and has been living in the U.S. ever since under an assumed identity. With Max wheelchair-bound, Zev must embark on a crosscontinental road-trip to bring justice once and for all to the man who destroyed both their lives.
Yes, it's about old people. Yes, it's slow. And yes, it deals with dementia. BUT the story is terrific, Plummer is at the top of his game, and the movie hardly puts a foot wrong. As long as you go into it not expecting action or pyrotechnics, you may well like it.
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So long, farewell, aufweidersehn, adieu
- Remember review by CH
A very tense drama about the webs of memory, how much do we forget over time or rewrite to suit our own historical narrative. An unusally good account of a grandpappy escape from the stifling safety of the condo, out into the confusing big old world in search of something or someone............
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Same old story, same old twist
- Remember review by MD
This film just never got going for me. Christopher Plummer's 90 year old character with dementia was annoying from the very start, the plot was merely the same ten minute sequence repeated over and over to the point of making me scream, and the twist at the end was so contrived and obvious as to be embarrassing.
I think we have had enough "thrillers" about WWII, the Holocaust, et al, and this was merely the same old tired story playing out its final throes way beyond its sell by date. It is by no means a bad film, just one that lacks any originality, spark or point in my opinion.