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THE GREY ZONE

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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 a 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?