High-impact war sound design and a game cast can’t make up for paper-thin characterization, bland direction, and a premise that has nothing to add to the conversation about World War II.
Ends a bit on the nose, but filled with terrifying, shocking imagery. Benjamin Christensen is a clear influence on other Danish filmmakers, especially his contemporary Carl Theodor Dreyer (THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC), and particularly Lars Von Trier, whose ANTICHRIST draws on a lot of the ideas about the subjugation of women that Christensen confronts in this film.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The acclaim surrounding Georg Wilhelm Pabst's PANDORA'S BOX seems to be focused on Louise Brooks' performance, which is undeniably great. But that doesn't necessarily mean that the movie surrounding it is on the same level. Not only does Roger Ebert include it on his Great Movies list, but also Leonard Maltin granted it four out of four stars, not to mention its inclusion in the Criterion Collection (and hence my viewing of it). Ebert even admits that the plot could…