Alice King
March 21, 2003 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Grey Zone

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
108 minutes
Limited Release Date
10/18/02
performer
David Arquette, Harvey Keitel, Natasha Lyonne, Steve Buscemi, Allan Corduner, Daniel Benzali, Jessica Hecht, Mira Sorvino
director
Tim Blake Nelson
distributor
Lions Gate Films
author
Tim Blake Nelson
genre
Historical, Drama

We gave it an B+

Phone-service pitchman Arquette surprises with an actorly seriousness as a Sonderkommando, one of the Jews who helped run Nazi death camps in exchange for privileges and a few extra months of life and who, in October 1944, staged a partly successful rebellion at Auschwitz that destroyed one of the camp’s four crematoriums. Despite some forced dialogue that betrays the film’s stage origin (actor-writer- director Tim Blake Nelson adapted his play for the screen) and uneven accents (Keitel’s German officer at times verges on caricature), Grey, with its unsparing vision, poses a maddening question: If you are, for all intents, already dead, do your actions matter?

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