Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Sturm (Storm)

As a shallow movie glutton, I feel inadequate to comment on Storm.  Not that it's a great, brilliant movie, although it may be.  It just deals with complex historical scenarios in a complex way.  I should know and remember more about the Bosnian war, but I simply don't.  Storm brings some of those vague memories back, as it follows an investigation at the Hague into war crimes committed by the Serbs in Bosnia.  The prosecutor, Hannah Maynard, is on a mission to get to the truth, but her witnesses may not be so reliable.

Storm is powerful in its understated storytelling.  Matching the mood of the subject matter and the characters, the pacing is slow and deliberate.  Even then, the tension and suspense run high.  It's a well-shot, powerful movie, definitely more cerebral than the average Hollywood fare.

Bottom line, 3 stars.

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