Friday, November 19, 2010

Invincible

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

Invincible - 3 out of 5

First off, this is NOT the Marky Mark film. Instead this is a Werner Herzog movie about the real life figure of Zishe Breitbart.

I'm not going to lie, I am a big fan of Werner Herzog. His films are unique and, often, depressing but there's an element of realism that he brings and his one-of-a-kind camera work makes him a director that stands out amongst the crowd. However, this movie was not one of his best works he's created but fault does not lie with him.

The movie is a ficticious story based on some loose facts about Zishe Breitbart, a Polish-born Jewish circus strongman who died in 1925. Herzog takes this historical figure and places him in Germany as Hitler is coming to power (this of course happens years after the real Breitbart dies). Breitbart ends up becoming a sensation in Berlin as he works in the Ministry of the Occult and a hypnotist there named Herschel Steinschneider (played by Tim Roth). Breitbart sees the destruction that will come to his people and he quickly returns to Poland to tell his comrades that they must all become strong like him in order to survive. Although billed as a true story, none of the events in the film actually occurred but this movie was more about the metaphor that Breitbart became and the idea of being strong, both physically and mentally. This metaphor was the strongest part of the movie and it is REALLY inspirational. In fact, the only real bad part of the movie was some of the acting.

Tim Roth is excellent in his role but many of the supporting characters fail to deliver in any real convincing way. This is especially noticeable by Jouko Ahola, who plays Breitbart. In fact, most of the supporting cast is so bad--delivering lines flatly or overacting in very unconvincing manners--that it hurts the movie. Everything else is great--the story, Herzog's camera work and Roth's acting. But filling the rest of the cast with bad actors kept this movie from being anything but a 3.

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