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by Mieka Black (subscribe)
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Published July 16th 2015
Heartwrenching and Explosive

13 Minutes or 'Elser' as it's known in Germany is the new drama film by Oliver Hirschbiegel, director of Downfall and Diana. 13 Minutes follows the story of one of Germany's almost forgotten figures Georg Elser; played by Christian Friedel. Elser was a carpenter from the countryside who, in 1939, attempted to take Adolf Hitler's life with a home-made bomb. Elser however failed and the bomb went off without Hitler's presence, killing several bystanders instead.

Better than Hirschbiegel's Diana, it's safe to say that 13 Minutes is your run of the mill biopic with an easy to understand and conventional script that lays the stories details out in the open, this however may cause some annoyance for those who don't like their foreshadowing to be so obvious. To call it an uneasy film to comprehend would be wrong. With its pension for detail and series of flashbacks, 13 Minutes does give us an interesting look of the effects of Adolf Hitler and his tirade on everyone.

13 Minutes is wonderful to watch in regards to its mechanical and meticulous detail. It is strongly authentic in regards to sets and costumes, every shot is beautifully composed and some have some pretty clever cuts here and there. The actors themselves delivered well on the character front and even those who were only visible for a few moments felt like actual people; that said we must give leeway for child actors.

In short - if Nazi based films, drama films or period films are you cup of tea, I would highly suggest giving 13 Minutes a shot - you may be surprised. It should come with a warning however, whilst there is not very much on-screen torture and violence, what you are shown is quite horrific. If you've got a weak stomach or just don't really handle the idea of blood, murder and vomit perhaps give this one a miss or at the very least fast forward (if you can).

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