Chosen (2016)

by | Jul 26, 2016 | DVD & Blu-ray Video Reviews

Another but very well-done Holocaust film.

Chosen (2016)

Cast: Harvey Keitel, Luke Mably, Ana Ularu
Director: Jasmin Dizdar
Studio: Lionsgate (8/2/16)
Video: 2.40:1 for 16:9 screens, color
Audio: English DD 5.1
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Length: 93 min.
Rating: ****

Harvey Keitel stars as an old Jewish man telling a young relative a story of a Hungarian man name Sonson’s resistance to the Nazis in WWII without revealing that it is his own story. Sonson’s courage alters the course of the WWII.  The German forces first stop treatment for Jews in the hospital and his beloved wife dies as a result. He must summon the courage to lead an attack against the Nazi forces in this story based on true events.

Sonson is repeatedly asked by the other fighters to lead them since he is such a good leader. Finally he gives in and agrees. He somehow finds a Nazi officer’s uniform and practices sounding like a Nazi while the other Jews dress in Nazi outfits to get into areas where they normally would not. They even learn to put their hands behind them and walk like the Nazis. The Hungarian soldiers are also portrayed as guilty. Sonson unwittingly becomes the leader of the opposition and finds the hero deep within himself. In the end he leads some of the Polish ghetto Jews to defeat the Nazi company sent against them and then finally the Russians arrive.

—John Sunier

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