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West German Baddies,
This review is from: The Baader-Meinhof Complex [DVD] (DVD)
"The Baader Meinhof Complex" is an absorbing, if somewhat overlong film about the 1970's West German left wing terrorist group, the Red Army Faction(RAF) aka the Baader Meinhof Group. It covers the period from 1967 to 1977, starting with the groups emergence from a period of left wing student radicalism to it's slow demise after a period of appalling,futile bloodletting.The film focuses on the main protagonists in the group and their organisation of a number of violent attacks on American military bases, police stations and leading industrialists and bankers. The violence is quite graphic at times, showing car bombs exploding, badly injured and burned bodies and close up machine gunnings. Certainly anyone watching the film will be made aware of the murderous fanaticism of the RAF and their callous disregard for human life. "The Ends Justify the Means" could have been their motto. It was interesting watching this period of history unfold on the movie screen and the story of the RAF is told well. However the film does lose it's way, like the terrorists , once the leadership are interred in prison. Too much time is spent with the terrorists in various prison scenes and court room appearances and the dynamic of the film suffers as a result. Also there were some problems with character development and continuity as new characters appeared on screen with the viewer having no idea who they were. That said , "The Baader Meinhof Complex" is one of the better German language films that I have seen recently,but not up there with the excellent "Downfall", "The Counterfeiters" or "The Lives of Others" in my opinion.