The rise and fall of Germany’s notorious terrorist group, the Red Army Faction (RAF), a group of radicals who organized bombings, robberies, kidnappings and assassinations in the late 1960s and ‘70s, bringing mayhem on postwar Germany. Based on Stefan Aust’s best-selling nonfiction book.
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Excellent film, set in fascinating historical period of 60/70's. It's a film about passionate fight, people who actually were not afraid to fight for what they believed in, and how they eventually ended up estranged from most of the society. Exposes how the socialist revolution was in decline in late 70's and failed eventually in the 80s. I wish there a was better explanation of their political believes and motives.
Long as hell, but very well worth it. Some insight into terrorism and radical leftism in 60's and 70's Germany. I didn't even know what the Red Army Faction really was about until I saw this film. Moritz Bleibtreu, the actor who plays Andreas Baader, also plays Andreas in the film Munich which is about Black September, a group closely related to the Red Army Faction. Just watch it.
Brilliant! Excellent cinematography, fascinating archival images and the gesture to connect radical histories across the globe. I also appreciated how the German activists were presented with warts and all -- their racism and sexism. Brilliant film. Just brilliant.
The 1st half is quite exuberant in its leftist political activism that truly feels as young and spirited as its subject. Sure, there's caricatured characterization and the dialogue is sloganeering, but it's genuine to the romanticized notions that lead any ideology down the path of terrorism. The 2nd half is darker, asking: Does the end justify the means? Sure, but what end is vindicated for the means to be violent?
A sharply-crafted period political thriller that doesn't let the politics get in the way of the story. Strong performances, gripping action and suspense scenes, and a strong atmosphere of 70s international paranoia. More than just a history lesson, and more than just an entertaining thriller, but a fine example of both.