Black Book

Directed By: Paul Verhoeven


A holocaust film from the maker of Showgirls, Total Recall and Robocop, huh? One shouldn’t be surprised that Verhoeven’s return to European filmmaking is actually quite a triumph. It lacks the gloss and polish of his American output, yet there’s still a tremendous amount of cinematic dexterity on display.

This is no staid drama, instead it plays as an old fashioned action-thriller flick, the type of movie that’s simply not being made these days, set quite effectively during the Nazi occupation of Holland.

Carice van Houten is an astonishing find, and if someone were smart she’d be world famous sometime soon.

Grade: A-


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