Written September 13, 2009
Kudos to the producers/directors for takling on such a topic at this time. For me the movie lacked some depth and it was a little drawn out. Still, with this in mind, the history is accurate and well worth seeing. Superb acting performances.
The film reminds me of the recent student demonstrations in Iran and the underlying plays of politics. Meinhoff being a journalist with a conscience, Baader being a glorified "nutter", the film left me feeling almost sorry for Meinhoff as her insight was good, she just stepped too far in a negative direction ending in her own destruction. Never a good move. For what? She could have used her journalistic prowess to achieve more. The film is quite "telling" in it's protrayal of politics then and now, the usual suspects, idealistic or angry uni. students being roused by foreign underlying powers.Interesting in that the group grew more radical after Meinhoff/Baader were jailed, reminiscent of the Shining Path who appear to be making a comeback.
Written September 22, 2009
The Baader Meinhof Complex is about a German terrorist organization that operated from the late 1960s to the mid 1970s. During this time frame I was a child and recall many of the events from the film being discussed on television news programs. My child's mind never fully understood these events so I enjoyed this film for clearing up the details I missed in my youth. I just hope it's historically accurate. If you weren't there you really never know who's telling the whole truth about what happened.
This German terrorist group, the Red Army Faction, claimed to be fighting fascism. But they trained with Muslim terrorists (early Al Queda?) and seemed more self-serving than fighting for a cause. They murdered judges and attorneys who prosecuted them. One can't help wondering, which side were these people really on? In any case, this is a well done dramatic action film that holds your interest and gives you something to think about.
Written January 11, 2009
Fascinating for me because I vaguely remembered that they had wreaked havoc in Germany for a long time. But I had no idea of the magnitude of their activities. It was hard for me to distinguish the characters because there were so many, and so many looked similar.
Written January 09, 2009
It was one of the best pictures I have seen in a long time; it takes an important piece of history and puts iit in a hostorical context. Acting and direction are superb and there are many implications for the present political situation. It appealed to me very much and I was very moved.
Written August 31, 2009
The Baader Meinhof Complex documents an important time in history. A must see. It's 2.5 hours long so drink a strong cup of coffee before you go into the theater!