Flash Movie Review: Labyrinth of Lies

Let me first say I do not condone lying, but don’t you agree some lies are less harmful or hurtful than others? When I am attending a party where multiple people have contributed food items I will not eat any of it usually. If someone should ask me why I am not eating I will just say I am not hungry, even if I am. Unless I know the person I do not want to eat anything they created; I will stick to a store bought bag of pretzels. But would I tell them that is the reason? Absolutely not, so that is why I say I am not hungry. Technically it is a lie, but is it really hurting anyone? Now let me tell you about the time I took a helicopter ride, where the pilot asked the 5 of us for our weights. There was one person in the group that said a number that the rest of us were not sure was accurate. I wasn’t making a judgement call but I assumed the pilot needed exact weights to be able to distribute our weights evenly around the helicopter. The entire flight up I was concerned something was going to happen to us. Luckily nothing did, however what would have happened if that person actually did lie about their weight. Would the helicopter tip over on takeoff? Would a current of air push us into a tailspin? This could have been a lie that came with disastrous consequences. Though the scenarios I just described fall under a more personal domain, there are some lies that can affect a nation. Ā  Ā PROSECUTOR Johann Radmann, played by Alexander Fehling (Inglorious Basterds, Young Goethe in Love), of the Attorney General’s office was the only person who believed the story was true about the school teacher being a former Nazi. With his boss Generalstaatsanwalt Fritz Bauer’s, played by Gert Voss (Sometime in August, Zettl), blessing Johann would find himself in a place where lying was easier than facing the truth. This film festival winner based on a true story played more like a thriller than drama in my opinion. Set in Germany during the 1950s, the story was a fascinating history lesson besides being a morality one. The cast which also included Andre Szymanski (Wolfsburg, In the Shadows) as journalist Thomas Gnielka and Friederike Becht (The Reader, Westwind) as Marlene Wondrak were all competent in their roles. In regards to the story, whether the more personal dramatic parts were real or not did not matter to me. I felt they only accentuated the magnitude of unfolding events. The other aspect to the story that I appreciated was the way the writers focused on such a monumental topic that had historical value yet made it to be told on a more human level. I cannot lie, this wa a real thought provoking movie. German was spoken with English subtitles.


3 1/4 stars




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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on October 22, 2015, in Foreign and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. This is a film I would love to watch. Some brilliant plot in here, although lies are not a good thing. But to think, that the whole world are making business and politics with lies and using them as great power to achieve their ambition. This is real life, my father would’ve said to me. I understand it today as I am older and he was right.

    This remind me a bit of that film “Catch Me If You Can” with Leonardo di Caprio and Christopher Walken – that film was awesome. That is one of the example, how some lies can be used greatly for anything and everything. Pretty cleverly done. Thumbs up!

    You know what … you are not the only one has the problem having to eat food that are serves in a party. Unless I know it is one of my good friend or a family members. But still, I can eat a little.

    But I cannot go to the public swimming pool – it is just so disgusting. Had some terribly disgusting experiences in the past that made me want to puke if I tell you … Let that be for a moment. šŸ˜›

    • Sherrie you are so kind to take the time to discuss your thoughts with this film and its review. Thank you so much. I truly hope you get to see this movie soon; I certainly want to hear back from you afterwards. And I’m touched we both have the same thoughts about food and not surprisingly swimming pools. No need to explain to me, lol

  2. I totally agree with you, there are lies and lies! šŸ™‚

  3. I have not heard of this movie so I am glad you reviewed it here so I can add it to my list.

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