The Grey Zone (2002)

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A group of Hungarian Jews who work in a death camp plan an uprising to destroy the crematorium when it becomes clear that they are next on the death list.

Based upon an eye witness account, The Grey Zone is a harrowing story of life in a concentration camp where all human morality is abandoned in the attempt to stay alive. The characters are all regular people who are forced to choose between collaboration and death and in turn have to live with the consequences of their actions, which invites you to ponder the rather uncomfortable conundrum as to what you would do if you were in the same position. Great performances all round – Harvey Keitel’s Hogan’s Heroes accent notwithstanding – make for an intelligent and affecting story that may not be in the same league as Schindler’s List or Downfall, but it’s still a powerful and thought provoking film about what happens when human life loses all value.

Grim, but in good way.

6/10

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