Nazis are sent to guard an old, mysterious fortress in a Romanian pass. One of them mistakenly releases an unknown force trapped within the walls. A mysterious stranger senses this from his home in Greece and travels to the keep to vanquish the force. As soldiers are killed, a Jewish man and his daughter (who are both knowledgeable of the keep) are brought in to find out what is happening.
Michael Kenneth Mann (born February 5, 1943) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. For his work, he has received nominations from international organizations and juries, including those at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Cannes and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He has produced the Academy Awards ceremony twice, first in 1999 with the 72nd annual Academy Awards and second in 2004 with the 77th annual ceremony.
Mann was born in Chicago of Jewish heritage, the son of grocers Esther and Jack Mann. His father was a Ukraine immigrant and World War II veteran and his mother came from a family native to Chicago. Mann was close to his father and his paternal grandfather. He grew up in the Humboldt Park neighborhood and immersed himself in the burgeoning Chicago blues-music scene as a teenager.
He studied English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was an active member of the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity, and developed… read more
Okay, maybe it doesn't equal the sum of its parts, and it is pretty scattered and incomprehensible, but it has so many things going for it: Nazis, bearded Romanian men, Ian MacKellen, the Tangerine Dream soundtrack, gothic horror, great cinematography, and general craziness. I loved this movie. Apparently it was supposed to be 180 minutes. I want to see that version. But this is fun as it is.
Given its pedigree, this movie should have been Best Goddamn Thing Ever. But, as it stands, it's a fascinating failure: after having been gutted like a fish by Paramount's execs, the movie ultimately ends up as a visually and aurally seductive shell of a movie: gorgeous to behold (some dated effects notwithstanding), but neutered to the point of constituting only the bare bones of a narrative.
Mann builds up a metaphor for the evil behind the Third Reich, telling us a story about a creature that is a mix of God and Hitler and is locked up in an ancient keep. Yet, it all manages to be so clumsy, so dated and so corny that one finds himself bored in the first half hour. Despite its curious visuals and story, by the end it is difficult to say what was really the intention of the film. In two words: plain bad.
It’s a bit of a muddled mess, but there are still hints of greatness throughout, and it manages to stand as a pretty effective film overall. For all its faults, The Keep boasts a moody, oppressive… read review