The chilling allure of neo-Nazism is exposed in this unflinching portrait of a young man’s transformation from a sensitive teenager to a hate-filled fascist thug. Similar in theme to the Hollywood hit, American History X and based on the autobiographical experiences of co-screenwriter and ex-neo-Nazi Ingo Hasselbach, this harrowing drama looks at the still vibrant underworld of the hate-filled neo-Nazi movement in Germany. Teenagers Heiko (Christian Blümel) and Tommy (Aaron Hildebrand) are best friends living in 1980s East Berlin. When they try but fail to escape the Iron Curtain, they are sent to a harsh communist prison. Tommy acclimates to prison life when the blond, still child-like Heiko undergoes a drastic change, finding refuge in fellow inmates who share Nazi sympathies. After his release, Heiko’s rage continues unabated. Hard-hitting, unflinching and disturbingly real, Führer Ex examines the politics of hate and the values of friendship and loyalty. –TLA Releasing
This really is my kind of movie, so I might very well be blind to its faults. It's great to see Harry Baer co-starring in this; he was a creative consultant too, so maybe he helped nudge the action toward the visceral and startling, while keeping the social critique offhandedly cynical and as chilly as the inside of a meat locker.