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.
And now I see that Verhoeven's emergence as a humanist of the Renoir variety began here. If Elle is his Rules, this must be Illusion, one of the most defined pieces of straight-up classical filmmaking this century. Classical in its depiction of reality through an idealistic (tho cynical) lens, a clockwork thriller with thoroughly attuned eye for character, pacing, composition. Nothing new, but a formal delight.
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.
(Vu en DVD) Un film haletant - entre aventure, espionnage et film de guerre - avec une héroïne ultra-charismatique! On ne s'ennuie pas une seconde. Pour son retour aux Pays-Bas, Verhoeven délaisse (par la force des choses?) son approche frontale de la violence et de la sexualité; mais s'il montre moins, son scénario en devient presque davantage tortueux et sadique: l'héroïne en voit vraiment de toutes les couleurs!
Contrived and lacking a strong plot, it's a femme fatale Inglorious Basterds minus the wit and performances. Nothing particularly memorable here, besides perhaps Van Houten's striking beauty (how easily she fits into the era!). Try Valkyrie for a better modern WW2 thriller; the two films share many of the same actors, to boot.
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.
A capable crime thriller set during Nazi occupation of Holland. It will never be the most profound piece of cinema but it is none the less well crafted and an enjoyable watch easily transporting you into the lives and torments of those who inhabit this piece of history.
Some people obviously didn't enjoy this. I wonder if part of the cause that they didn't, is part of the reason that I can say more easily that I did. That is, compared to other films set around war activities: it's not that I don't think they are good, it's just, they usually make me too uncomfortable to say I actually `enjoy' them! Some bad stuff happens here, but it feels more thriller-ish than gritty.
Dreadful. The plot is a joke, there's gratuitous nudity, the main female freedom fighter goes off with a mass murderer. I so nearly got to the end before I had to turn it off. Really bad. And there's lots of "twists" which I guessed straightaway. I'm giving it two because I'm a nice guy.