I haven't seen this one probably in over ten years, and it's not quite as good as I remember. I even found the performances rather lacking and that includes Liam Neeson's title character. I'm a fan of the guy, but what he does here is almost embarassing, and he's far outdone by the movie's best performer, Ralph Fiennes (the villain). One other notably-bad performance is that of the lady playing the Jewish love interest of our villain. Ben Kingsley, who plays the accountant, is as uninteresting as usual. Nothing else stands out, although it was fun to watch the cartoonish portrayal of the guy making a hinge.

Luckily, the movie is bearable throughout it's entire 180+ min running time. Also, stories of heroism are ever so appealing.

Comparison with other movies set around the Holocaust:

  • Sophie's Choice did a better job, even though the coverage of the subject material was very brief.
  • Life is Beautiful offered a far more moving experience, even though it was partly a comedy.