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Overall Rating
3.93

Awesome55.17%
Worth A Look: 3.45%
Average: 27.59%
Pretty Bad: 6.9%
Total Crap: 6.9%

2 reviews, 17 user ratings


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Grey Zone, The
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by Greg Muskewitz

"Theatre in cinema."
3 stars

Not grey, but sooty, and even occasionally shadowed in black. The similarly dark material, another side to the Holocaust ruminations, is given the seriousness that such a piece would suggest.

And from the likes of the cast — Steve Buscemi, Harvey Keitel, Mira Sorvino, Natasha Lyonne — one might think that there must be something important to tell. Apart from the fact that none of the actors actually remain on the screen for prolonged periods of time, switching to and from at a plotting anticipatory rate, only the unknowns provide sufficient persuasiveness from their unrecognized status. (David Arquette, and Buscemi, despite their talents as actors, are not alone in unnecessarily calling unneeded attention to themselves.) Herein, the Jews are forced to participate in the rounding-up and caging of other Jews in the concentration camp crematoriums for but little extended time in their own lives. This all leads up to an attempted putsch, thwarted in part due to the survival of a young girl in the gas chambers. Tim Blake Nelson writes and directs, using his own play as source material. The Grey Zone ineffectively rids itself of the theatrical rhythm and hinge, unsuccessfully staging dialogue in the form of questions being used to answer questions, à la David Mamet. Contrarily, Nelson lacks the polish, the language, the formality and the game that make Mamet’s banter pieces the crisp, intelligent constructions that they are.

[See it if you must.]

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OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2002 Seattle Film Festival. For more in the 2002 Seattle Film Festival series, click here.

User Comments

7/07/13 PAUL SHORTT UNEMOTIONAL, BLEAK AND SLUGGISH 2 stars
1/15/09 brian Appropriately dismal and hard to watch; German accents are awful, though. 3 stars
6/02/07 terry plyler good movie. the way they talked annoyed me. 4 stars
12/31/05 Jeff Anderson Haunting & believable. Acting's great, but it's Arquette who's a BIG surprise & brilliant!! 5 stars
7/19/05 Steve It's about time WWII seemed real 5 stars
9/15/04 Solli Excellent. See it. 5 stars
8/16/04 tatum The antidote to "Jakob the Liar" 5 stars
8/13/04 sdadsa saddas 5 stars
5/14/04 Stuart Masterpiece? are you out of your fucking mind???? 2 stars
6/09/03 Jack Sommersby Far superior to "Schinder's List" & "The Pianist". A masterpiece. 5 stars
5/17/03 George Jung Wow...that was a fucking movie! 5 stars
4/14/03 bob shank this story needed to be told. 5 stars
3/26/03 rue the whirl good intentions, but not so great acting/directing 3 stars
12/08/02 Vicious Profound. 5 stars
11/26/02 Jameson This movie is pure crap. The acting left me flat and the lines made me puke! 1 stars
10/29/02 Todd Most horrific movie I've ever seen. P.S. pull you head out of you ass Peter 5 stars
10/28/02 Peter not very good film makeing 1 stars
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