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on 26 July 2017
This is quite a good film, it isn't oscar worthy as Schindler's List is but close. The story is based on real events but after watching it I sort feel like the plot was there but waste of time considering the Sonderkomaders ended up being shot at the end for their troubles. It shows a brutal side of these 'Kapos' as they're called removing the dead bodies from the gas chambers in Auswitzch camp where you see the Jews arriving and being led to the 'showers' with some band playing music. The cast is good Harvey Keitel is convincing as an evil Nazi officer with an odd accent and a young David Arquette is also seen as one of the Kapos who helps rescue a young girl who survived the gas chambers and tries to keep her alive. Spot actress Mira Sorvino as a female jewish prisoner who pays dearly for her life for hiding parts for the sabotage plan. It's a film where you can't sometimes hear what the actors are actually saying but you soon get to understand what it is all about as the first time I saw it I didn't see the point in it. A horrible time for the Jewish people being led to their deaths is something we should not forget.
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on 16 September 2016
A Hollywood account of a true story - this movie is awful and quite frankly an insult to those that participated in the uprising. The acting is awful, the dialogue juvenile and the theatrics embarrassing. This is in short a very American movie presumably for the US market.

Watching this movie makes me wonder whether people alive today really understand what went on in the extermination camps of the Nazi empire and how, in general, the Jews remained proud and upright as they went to their deaths, no matter the circumstances.

It is a pity that the million dollar movie industry can not pay better respect to those that died.
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on 21 January 2015
This is a painful movie. Nowhere have I seen such a detailed description of the horrors in the Nazi's concentration camps douring world war 2.
How people could survive under such circumstances is unbelievable. But some did, and they could tell the tale of the heroic struggle in the only uproar that took place here. The movie reminds us that we humans are the most cruel ones of all the creatures on this earth. And amidst all the cruelty we also find compassion, altruism and heroic courage. We need to be reminded of this, and we need to keep an open eye on our own times to fight against inhumanity, injustice and all other evils that threaten to destroy other humans lives and the planet we live on..
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on 13 February 2012
The GREY ZONE is an excellent film, because although the gas chambers and crematoria at Auschwitz Birkenau were blown up by the SS in late 1944, for the first time the film makers have recreated Krema II and III (of Birkenau). These had the undressing rooms and gas chambers underground. The Sonderkommando of Jewish prisoners operating the killing operation (save introducing the gas pellets) actually lived on site here - literally 'over the shop' above the crematory oven room.

Naturally the film cannot depict hundreds of people packed into the gas chamber, nor how the strongest climbed up on the bodies of the weaker to create a sort of cone before the gas rose to take their lives also as they struggled to be nearest the ceiling.
In Laurence Rees TV series AUSCHWITZ, we see Dr Mengele in a laboratory with another man in a white smock. What is not mentioned is that this second man is not SS, but a Jewish Hungarian Doctor named Nyiszli, who carried out autopsies on the bodies of dead twins that Mengele had used during his experiments.
If the viewer did not know of this, then the actor playng Nyiszli in the Grey Zone is less than obvious in the character he portrays of a Doctor (IE Not a Sonderkommando)

Finally Dr Nyiszli stated in his book ALL the Sonderkommando were shot after the rebellion (except for 4 principal SK men.) Other accounts state the SS shot 1 in 3, because those experienced SK men were needed to carry on the extermination process.

The astonishing fact not really made clear by the film, is that each gaschamber/crematoria was administered by only four SS men. (Two other SS men brought the gas pellets and introduced them into the gas chamber) The bulk of the work connected with getting the victims undressed and into the gas chamber, later emptying it of dead bodies and cremating them was the Jewish men of the Sonderkommando.
The Sonderkommando men were themselves killed after about three months and replaced.
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on 28 June 2013
If ever there was a film that almost surely depicts life in a concentration camp this is the one, Its grim without revelling in the horror. Great performances from the nearly all American cast. You get used to Harvey Keitel's weird clipped German accent in no time and after that you are hooked. Be warned though, this isn't your Sunday afternoon family film. Has many shots of piled up bodies being manoeuvred around the camp and them being burnt. This will stay with you for a long time afterwards.
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on 28 March 2018
Great film - hits hard and so it should.
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on 11 April 2017
Having just visited Autzwitz I was recommended this DVD by our guide & found it very interesting.
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on 16 April 2018
a good film to watch
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on 22 March 2017
Good war film and quite different in that it concentrates on the crematorium at the camp.
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