While it could have possibly been greater in the hands of a more seasoned and capable director (it feels oddly stagey and not all that cinematic), Nelson's film is still powerful. There are a lot of elements that don't work, but the final product still manages to curiously stay with you.
The message at the film's end crystallizes everything that preceded it, and packs a surprising punch.
Very visual, emotional. Still...this american films...i always thought than american language as a mean of communication between jewish prisoners, SS guards ...makes everything so stagged / fake / american / unbelievable
Unpolished, especially when it comes to building atmosphere (maybe familiar Hollywood bad-boy faces are to blame?). Leaves an impression though and tackles the extremely complex topic of the Sonderkommandos and their dilemmas when choosing between survival and humanity.
This is a chamber play. What makes it so special? It leads us, you and me, instantly and individually, right into „the grey zone“. In other words, it ultimatively raises the question: how far would you go to survive? You have to ask yourself: what I would have done? What is dignity, humanity? And it also shows that at least a few Jews took their fate in their own hands.