The Boys From Brazil was a film I knew about but had never managed to catch on TV. Courtesy of ordering a DVD from here, at a knock-down price for an item in excellent condition, I now have been able to see what I'd been missing.
And it wasn't quite what I'd been expecting. More taut drama than I'd anticipated, with two reputable actors in the lead roles giving fine performances, the film manages to sustain interest as it gradually reveals the plot (which I shan't spoil with details, though if you're reading these reviews you may already be familiar with it). However, it does look somewhat dated these days; very much a late 1970's period piece in look and feel and one which doesn't quite manage to rise above it in the way some other films of the time do. Minus one star for that to make this a four-star review.
The plot itself was a little ahead of the curve, and much of what underlies it anticipated advances in science which came about after it was released. There is scope for a remake here I think, taking what we now know to be possible and either updating the script or projecting it into a more modern scenario. If Jurassic Park can base a blockbuster film on extracting DNA from insects preserved in amber, then there must be scope to remake this film on the premise that DNA can be extracted from much more recent specimens.
So an enjoyable watch, but one that left me thinking about what this might become more that what I'd just seen. But something that makes you think a little is something worth the time spent watching, and I recommend it with that observation.