13 Minutes DVD Review

DVD Review by Jarred Tito

The Premise
In November 1939, Georg Elser's attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler fails, and he is arrested. During his confinement, he recalls the events leading up to his plot and his reasons for deciding to take such drastic action.

The Review
I enjoyed watching this masterfully made historical drama about a courageous and for what seems like a very long time in history, largely misunderstood, freedom fighter, Georg Elser.
The film is both gripping and intense from the beginning to the very end. It's based around real events leading up to the Second World War and also during WWII but is told almost exclusively from the point of view of the 'German resistance' to the Nazi Party madness.
As a person growing up in a western society with a very much 'Allies' perspective of WWII I have to say that this is, for me, the first German made film which I felt gave insight to what the madness of Hitler and all of the pain he must have inflicted, must have been like for those from within the borders of Nazi Germany. How horrible and fearful life must have been. I think I could truly say that I was moved  deeply by this story and it's attempt to reveal that not all were lured into the blood thirsty cruelness of the 3rd Reich. Having said that, the film also shows us clearly how easily the many masses were so easily lead into accepting a reign of terror that would not only invite so much destruction and death to the world, more than 55 million deaths, but also the almost complete and utter destruction of their own country.
​In November 1939, Georg Elser attempts to assassinate Adolf Hitler but fails. During his confinement, he recalls the events leading up to his plot and his reasons for deciding to take such drastic action. How different history might have been if Elser's  bomb exploded 13 minutes earlier?

The Director, Oliver Hirschbiegel, who also made 'Downfall' ( a story of Hitler's lasts days before his suicide) has taken all political holds off for this movie. Whereas Downfall deals with the 3rd Reich struggling from a very human perspective almost dealing with poor choices and incompetent soldiery, this film reveals the true demented nature of Nazi Germany and how the blind and foolish nature of their army leaders willfully carried out orders of complete stupidity. For a Germany production company to have made this film really shows me that there has been a certain amount of acceptance of responsibility assumed.

The acting and craftsmanship put into the film is outstanding. I must confess that I am constantly impressed by the quality of acting that comes out of Germany. For me, I think it's Oliver Hirschbiegel that has left the biggest impression

A fantastically told story. Somewhat of a Romantic Tragedy but more importantly a historical account of one man's bravery that I am sure may continue to help mend the relationships between the two histories.  

The Verdict
Definitely a movie of importance.

The Trailer

The Info
DVD Releases: 20th January 2016
Rating: R16 - contains violence & content that may disturb
Duration: 109 minutes 
Genre:  Historical Drama
Starring: Christian Friedel, Katharina Schüttler, Burghart Klaußner
Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel  (Diana, The Invasion)