NewsBlaze search box Daily News header

Black Book DVD Review

By     get stories by email

That a movie about the Dutch Resistance against Nazi occupation in WWII puts the accent on erotic entertainment should come as no surprise indeed, when the director is revealed to be none other than Paul Verhoeven. He's been famously and otherwise best known for Basic Instinct, Showgirls, Total Recall, Robocop and Starship Troopers.

The Dutch bad boy of cinema weirdly combines elements from all of the above in Black Book (Zwartboek), as he conducts some sabotage of his own by teasingly subverting just about every idealized historical icon when it comes to WWII. This playful revisionism includes nice Nazis and exceedingly bad Dutch partisans. The nose thumbing, while never-a-dull-moment impressively mounted, more than teeters on disrespectfully bad taste.

Carice van Houten is delectable Dutch showgirl Rachel, who signs her name to the black book in question, for passage out of Holland of her Jewish family, in exchange for a huge sum of money. When the plans are foiled, Rachel joins the Resistance and gets into Aryan disguise, employing lots of, well, basic instinct to help win the war by sleeping with the enemy.

And that enemy targeted for seduction is namely high ranking German officer Muntze (Sebastien Koch), a nazi with a heart of gold who'd rather be tending to his stamp collection. While gleefully turning all prior war movie stereotypes on their heads with Black Book, Verhoeven opts for the bizarre theory that ravishing designing women and lots of sex can change the course of world history. Who let this man out of Hollywood.

SONY Picture Home Entertainment
Rated R

DVD Features: Audio Commentary with Director Paul Verhoeven; The Making of Black Book.

  Please click this get stories by email button to be notified about future stories, and please leave a comment below.

  Please leave a comment here     If it does not display within 10 seconds, please refresh the page

Related Movie Reviews News

Vivica A. Fox, Tyson Beckford and Robert Ri'chard talk about a remake of Magic Mike in which a cash-strapped college kid hides his job as an exotic dancer.
Watch these movies before the end of May, especially Chocolate City, the remake of the 1982 Poltergeist and the sci-fi flick, Tomorrowland.
The documentary film focuses on the lives of underpaid workers at Manhattan's Hot & Crusty (H&C) bakery where the Latino staff members are underpaid and their complaints are not heard.
A conversation with actor Dolph Lundgren delves into combating global sex trafficking as an action hero on screen, trading in brains for brawn as a former Fulbright Scholar
This spring alone, Zoe has a half-dozen films released in theaters, including the blockbusters Insurgent and Mad Max: Fury Road, as well as Good Kill, The Road Within, Dope and Treading Water. Here, she talks about life and about her latest movies.
Alice, a manic depressive bipolar diehard Oprah fan becomes rich, and creates a TV series about herself, an emotional exhibitionist who couch potatoes love.

 

NewsBlaze Writers Of The Month


Popular Stories This Month

newsletter logo

NewsBlaze
Copyright © 2004-2014 NewsBlaze Pty. Ltd.
Use of this website is subject to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy  | DMCA Notice               Press Room   |    Visit NewsBlaze Mobile Site