A determined historical sweep masks a small-minded bid for easy outrage and heartstrings-pulling in the schematic World War II drama "Walking With the Enemy."
Set in 1944, when the war was essentially over for the
Though "inspired" by the true story of a rabbi's son who used the uniform of a Nazi officer to act out deportations of families that were secretly rescue missions, this film from writer Kenny Golde and director Mark Schmidt slaps a clichéd war-movie dressing over everything so that what should have felt heart-poundingly incredible comes off as heavy-handed, ludicrous and unintentionally queasy. Elek's repeated Nazi ruse starts to seem farcical, while the incessant action-edited rhythms of Jews being shot feels exploitative.
Shoved in are dull, great-actor-as-real-guy historical exposition scenes with
"Walking With the Enemy."
Rated: PG-13 for war violence.
Running time: 2 hours, 6 minutes.