The good "Once upon a time in the nazi occupied... Holland" as Tarantino jokingly called his WW2 Leone wannabe revenge epic fiasco. Unlike him, Paul Verhoeven wrote a better screenplay, intense and twisty, and his execution has much of what he is famous for, sex and violence showed in a fun, unashamed manner.
the great verhoeven film by some way. a great film about identity, about the blurring of the lines as not every nazi is pure evil and not every resistance fighter is a humanist light. carice van houten broke out with this role, and it is not hard to see why, she eats up the screen. the direction is stylish, but understated too. also the small bits of humour here and there, are pure verhoeven, even in this context.
Verhoeven's best? The moral complexities here and Verhoeven's usual 'vulgarity' actually create a far more interesting view of war than any Hollywood production of the last 20 years, though in form it's seemingly structured like a Hollywood film (arguably more so than any of the films he actually made in Hollywood). It has none of the traditional views on victory, here the conflict continues after the war is over.
Surprisingly taut and breathtaking entry from Verhoeven. Stunning visuals and moments of terror and degradation that are seared in my brain. A well told story and sensitive performances with such divisive material.
Interesting story set during World War II. It's a love story, thriller, action film that explains how complicated the situation was back then (end of the war), how far from heroism war can be, and how unstable our human nature is. Good cast and solid performances. Unfortunately, some scenes don't work well, humour feels forced and out of place, certain characters rather stereotypical. Overall it's a good film.