The Baader Meinhof Complex

Rated R 2009

Exciting in its violent particulars, filmmaker Uli Edel’s brisk, action-packed history of the careers of journalist-turned-radical Ulrike Meinhof (nice job by actor Martina Gedeck), hot-headed revolutionary Andreas Baader (Moritz Bleibtreu), blond lefty-Valkyrie Gudrun Ensslin (Johanna Wokalek), and their urban-terrorist campaign against the West German government in the 1970s, skimps a bit on the motivation for it all. No wonder. Director/co-adaptor Edel (he wrote the screenplay with producer Bernd Eichinger from Stefan Aust’s book) has his hands full just chronicling the Baader Meinhof gang’s bank robberies, bombings, visits to Palestinian training camps, assassinations of industrialists, government minister kidnappings, etc. Worth watching, but equally worthy of a careful reading of the history books afterward (150 min.).

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