Jane [wartime cartoon] with balls? A bracingly visceral narrative propelled with a typically prowling Verhoevian eye: sweeping choreography, spiky detail and earthy delights. Moral relativism and opportunism is the raison d'etre here, thrillingly cutting through most cliches, although not a couple of finales too many. More satisfying than arch compatriots The Damned, Salon Kitty & Inglorious Basterds on most counts.
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.
This was a good date movie. Nice to see Verhoeven in good form at this point in his career. It's got those darn Nazis, who have the habit of just being evil for no good reason. It has lots of twists and turns. It's very sexy. Most of Verhoeven's best films were done when he was starting out. This is a crowd pleaser.
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.