This film is based on the book In Hitler’s Shadow published in 1989. Yaron Savray is a Jewish freelance reporter. He travels to Germany to gather information for an article on neo-Nazi’s. He witnesses a gang of skinheads attack people at a Turkish refugee camp. The police arrive and he is arrested with the skinheads. This gives them the impression that he is a sympathizer for the Nazi cause. He begins to slowly infiltrate the group. He becomes appalled and disgusted by what he is witnessing. He’s determined not to give up but to learn as much as he can. The Nazism is deeper and more powerful than he anticipated.
There is a LOT of violence in this film from the beginning to the end. Oliver Platt could seem to not be suited for this role but he does a good job. The neo-Nazi’s are not known for their tolerance or their kindness!! Hate and evil pass onto those who come in contact with them or they shun these practices and try to prevent them. It is possible to look at history and resolve to move forward, learn from the past and not return to fanatic actions. 3 ½* (I liked this movie)
92 min, Drama directed by John Mackenzie with Oliver Platt, Arliss Howard, Tony Haygarth, Michael Byrne, Julian Glover, George Jackos, Alex Kingston, Jonny Phillips, Peter Riegert, Alan King, Colin Stinton.
Note: Imdb 6.5 out of 10, 59% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon 3.5* out of 5* with 14 reviews.
Special Note: Filmed in Hamburg, Germany. There is another film with the same title from 2016 with Bryan Cranston.