The Baader Meinhof Complex

The Baader Meinhof Complex

By Uli Edel

  • Genre: Uli Edel
  • Release Date: 2008-11-14
  • Advisory Rating: 18
  • Runtime: 2h 29min
  • Director: Uli Edel
  • Production Company: G.T. Film Production
  • iTunes Price: GBP 5.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: GBP 3.49
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Description

From the producer of Downfall comes an explosive film about the most notorious terrorist group of our time. Germany in the 1970s: Murderous bomb attacks, the threat of terrorism and the fear of the enemy inside are rocking the very foundations of the still fragile German democracy. The radicalized children of the Nazi generation lead by Andreas Baader (Moritz Bleibtreu), Ulrike Meinhof (Martina Gedeck) and Gudrun Ensslin (Johanna Wokalek) are fighting a violent war against what they perceive as the new face of fascism: American imperialism supported by the German establishment. Their aim is to create a more human society but by employing inhuman means they not only spread terror and bloodshed, they also lose their own humanity.

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  • Absolutely Brilliant

    5
    By Rnd2354
    This movie is a must watch if you liked stuff like Black Hawk Down
  • Baader Meinhof Complex

    3
    By Oscar Green
    Poor fools, they did not even deserve a film to be made of they were so pathetic, however enjoyed the actors from Untergangen (Hitler, Speer and the Doctor XY)....
  • Good work

    5
    By Filmology
    It is good film like a documentary but at the same time it is amazing
  • Heavy, but impressive

    5
    By mickcoll
    Great acting, very serious topic, but thoroughly educational, and impressive handling of the material. Realistic art direction, very flat lighting, which ads to the bleakness, but the subject is bleak after all. This film does a great job of communicating a piece of history, and providing an insight into the behaviour and motivations of a group of extreme human beings.
  • Historically accurate

    5
    By Jamesjnr.UK
    I can not believe some of the comments made, its clear that some do not know the full extent of the history behind this Group. I do not in anyway agree with violent revolution, but to say they did not have an impact is complely flawed. The Red army faction had the Right wing German government worried, so much so that it developed major databases collection information on all its citizens. A database that inspired many over countries to follow example, and to this day use and abuse such information. I can not see how the film makes you sympathaise with them in any way, however it is known many Germans did at that time. As many of my fellow British kith would also feel if a pensioner was to claim for expenses on a mortgage they paid off years ago and get away with it.
  • I don't get it...

    1
    By francydp
    ... it looks like terrible criminals and murderers who ruined families and lives that were worth living just for the sake of a revolution that never was, now are becoming heros... when will we see a movie about the lives taken and the drama of orphans?
  • The Baader Meinhof Complex

    5
    By Trabant
    This is clearly an excellent film that portrays the misdirected beauty of youthful ideology missing in our facebook world.. In these desperatley derivative times in which we live, few feel strongly about anything beyond their next new car, few bother to contemplate at all. How long before this kind of rebellion happens again? I think you have to remember events like these to comprehend what you are watching. Calling it sensational doesn't really do this film justice. Its real...
  • Very Complex

    5
    By pg99
    Very long, detailed, disturbing and brilliantly acted. Those of us who were around in the 1970s will remember hearing about a lot of the Hijackings, Kidnappings etc portrayed here on the news at the time. Although most Americans seem to think terrorism started on 9/11 this film reminds us that it's been around in the rest of the world for at least 40 years. It may or may not be historically accurate but it does give an insight into the complexity and randomness of 'global terrorism'
  • baader meinhof complex

    5
    By big cmc
    Gritty, exciting and brings back memories of the 1970's for those of us over a certain age. wonderfull acting and great attention to detail. Will keep you engaged for the duration. Being in german with subtitles adds to the authenticity.
  • exceptional, gripping, detailed, well-written/acted/shot

    5
    By sophiablueeyes
    The film follows the development of protest movement the Red Army Faction in West Germany during the global political and social unrest of the 70s. This could possibly make it sound dry or like a history lesson, but the historical accuracy is offset by the character-driven nature of the film, and the innate drama, turmoil and thrill of the events themselves. The film contrasts the anarchistic, revolutionary zeal of former petty-criminal and dropout Andreas Baader with Ulrike Meinhof's, a well-educated, leftist journalist's development from a bourgeois, if polemical, commentator, married with two children, into a central figure of the protest movement. She becomes embroiled in the underground RAF as it evolves into arguably the most infamous terrorist group of this period in Germany's history. The story is fascinating and simultaneously incredibly human. It becomes hard not to become emotionally involved as the drama escalates and the story begins to unravel. The conspiracy theories surrounding this group abound, adding evermore suspense and charge to each moment. The hope and optimism of these young people exemplifies how morally-inspired political insurrection can snowball into unthinking, quaisi-intellectualised violence, robbery, murder, dehumanisation, suicide, and all the other "unjustifiable" facets of a terrorist organisation. The story draws you in so that you understand the characters' developments and the developments in their thinking. It is also played alongside references to other political events and unrest, from Vietnam, the assassinations of Martin Luther KIng and JFK in the States, rioting across the major cities of Europe, the rise of the student movements in China and Mexico (and the tragic consequential massacres), and the Palestine-Israel war. The group of well-meaning fanatics here become players in an epic, global story that can't fail to thrill, inspire, question and communicate with any viewer - one with a political conscience, one who likes action with story, or one who likes moral, emotive dramas within a tight-knit group of friends. The performances are excellent, the direction is great; it is a completely believable, dramatic film. I watched it on my laptop and for me the subtitles were fine - big enough to read very easily whilst not obtrusive - but I can imagine that they would be too small to be able to watch this on an iPod Touch or iPhone. It is in German, but don't let that put you off! Once the film has opened as it completely draws you in, so I almost forgot that it wasn't in English. I always prefer subtitles so that you get the enactment as it was intended and, although I can't comment on the quality regarding accuracy of the subtitles as I don't speak a word of German, I found that they followed each scene very well and never felt wrong. Overall, I have found that this fantastic film has inspired me with a real interest in German recent history, as well as having provided me with solid entertainment for a couple of hours. I also found it a worthy follow-up to Downfall from writer/producer Bernd Eichinger. I only wish I had bought it, rather than rented it!

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