The Grey ZoneClosed Captioning
Tim Blake Nelson
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This compelling and harrowing film chronicles a unit of Auschwitz's Sonderkommando, a special squad of Jewish prisoners, who staged the only armed revolt that would ever take place at Auschwitz.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 81
- Fresh: 55
- Rotten: 26
- Average Rating: 6.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: No dramatic feature has ever come quite this close to the matter-of-fact ugliness of the Nazi crimes.
Fresh: Nelson's work is relentless, grueling and courageous.
Fresh: Jagged, unrelenting, claustrophobically intimate.
Rotten: [Nelson's] movie about morally compromised figures leaves viewers feeling compromised, unable to find their way out of the fog and the ashes.
Tim Blake Nelson's The Grey Zone finally moves the Holocaust discussion into uncharted territory beyond black and white, good and evil. The film courageously reveals that the potential for both dwell within everyone simultaneously. I found myself unable to look away, forced to wonder, "Could I live with myself if I had to make the choices the characters are forced to consider?" How we rationalize evil and good is a razor's edge and the film succeeds in honestly presenting the viewer with the complexity of those decisions.
There are atrocities that have I have not witnessed before on screen. I applaud Nelson and the cast for challenging us to wrestle with hard, ambiguous questions that have no easy answers. Along with the dead bodies, The Grey Zone burns one's hypocrisy and self-delusions to ashes. It is a harrowing light.