THE STATEMENT

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Release Date: December 12, 2003

Starring: Michael Caine, Tilda Swinton,
Jeremy Northam, Charlotte
Rampling, Alan Bates, John
Neville, Ciaran Hands, William
Hutt, and Frank Finlay

Genre: Thriller/Political Thriller

Audience: Teenagers and adults REVIEWER:
Dr. Tom Snyder THE STATEMENT
is a failed political thriller
that, despite its renowned
cast, uses an important issue,
the murder of Jews during the
Holocaust in World War II, to
make a humanist statement
attacking Christianity.
Basically, the movie says that
Christians who take their
faith seriously are usually
big hypocrites who try to
cover up their sins against
humanity. This appearance of
anti-Christian bigotry could
easily be overcome by
providing some positive
Christian portrayals in the
story, but, apparently, the
filmmakers and actors were not
interested in providing
viewers with a balanced
view. Michael Caine stars in
THE STATEMENT as Pierre
Brossard, a former French
collaborator with the Nazis
who participated in the murder
of seven Jews. The movie takes
place in 1992 France, where a
new war crimes judge, a woman,
is now hunting Brossard.
Brossard has spent years using
his “right-wing” friends
in the Roman Catholic Church
to hide from scrutiny. The
judge wants to expose Brossard
and his friends. Complicating
the manhunt for Brossard is
one of Brossard’s former
Nazi collaborating colleagues,
a high government official who
sends a series of hitmen to
eliminate Brossard before
Brossard talks to the
judge. Throughout THE
STATEMENT, the movie portrays
Brossard as a self-rightoeus
Christian wracked by guilt and
seeking absolution. Brossard,
however, is also a hateful man
who threatens his ex-wife’s
dog so that she hides him from
the authorities. Brossard’s
friends in the church are
apparently unaware of this
dark side to his nature and
continue to go to great
lengths to help Brossard make
several hair-raising escapes.
The message to all this seems
to be that the forgiveness
available through Jesus Christ
is nothing more than a false
mask. Viewers should reject
this anti-Christian, humanist
message, as they did the
pro-Communist, anti-American
sympathies in Mr. Caine’s
last movie, THE QUIET
AMERICAN. Aesthetically
speaking, THE STATEMENT is a
bigger failure than THE QUIET
AMERICAN. It spends too much
time with its unconvincing
anti-hero, Brossard, and not
enough time with the French
judge and her helper, an army
investigator, who lack the
necessary sympathy and
character depth to make them
compelling, attractive
heroes. Please address your
comments to: Michael Barker,
Tom Bernard and Marcie
Bloom Co-Presidents Sony
Pictures Classics 550 Madison
Avenue, 8th Floor New York, NY
10022 Phone: (212)
833-8833 Web Page:
www.spe.sony.com

Rating: Not yet rated

Runtime: 120 minutes

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Director: Norman Jewison

Executive Producer:

Producer: Norman Jewison and Robert
Lantos

Writer: Ronald Harwood BASED ON THE
NOVEL BY: Brian Moore

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Content:

(HHH, AbAbAb, AC, PCPCPC, B, C, LL, VV, A, D, M) Very strong humanist worldview, which proposes that any Christian who takes his or her faith seriously is probably a big hypocrite and a “right-wing” extremist, with some anti-Communist rationalizations are expressed, and very strong politically correct subtext, as well as moral elements include tracking down Nazi war criminals and uncovering fascist conspiracy, and some positive expressions of Christian forgiveness and Christian attempts at restitution; about 14 obscenities and eight profanities; strong but not bloody violence includes man gets the drop on two assassins trying to shoot him, people shot to death, chases and narrow escapes, flashbacks to firing squad execution of seven Jews, and gunshots to the head to finish people off; no sex; no nudity; alcohol use; smoking; and, deceit, covering up crimes, and conspiracies.

GENRE: Thriller/Political Thriller

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Summary:

THE STATEMENT is a failed political thriller that, despite its renowned cast, uses an important issue, the murder of Jews during the Holocaust in World War II, to make a humanist statement attacking Christianity. Michael Caine plays a self-righteous, hateful Christian who participated in the murder of seven French Jews during the war.

Review:

THE STATEMENT is a failed political thriller that, despite its renowned cast, uses an important issue, the murder of Jews during the Holocaust in World War II, to make a humanist statement attacking Christianity. Basically, the movie says that Christians who take their faith seriously are usually big hypocrites who try to cover up their sins against humanity. This appearance of anti-Christian bigotry could easily be overcome by providing some positive Christian portrayals in the story, but, apparently, the filmmakers and actors were not interested in providing viewers with a balanced view.

Michael Caine stars in THE STATEMENT as Pierre Brossard, a former French collaborator with the Nazis who participated in the murder of seven Jews. The movie takes place in 1992 France, where a new war crimes judge, a woman, is now hunting Brossard. Brossard has spent years using his “right-wing” friends in the Roman Catholic Church to hide from scrutiny. The judge wants to expose Brossard and his friends. Complicating the manhunt for Brossard is one of Brossard’s former Nazi collaborating colleagues, a high government official who sends a series of hitmen to eliminate Brossard before Brossard talks to the judge.

Throughout THE STATEMENT, the movie portrays Brossard as a self-rightoeus Christian wracked by guilt and seeking absolution. Brossard, however, is also a hateful man who threatens his ex-wife’s dog so that she hides him from the authorities. Brossard’s friends in the church are apparently unaware of this dark side to his nature and continue to go to great lengths to help Brossard make several hair-raising escapes. The message to all this seems to be that the forgiveness available through Jesus Christ is nothing more than a false mask. Viewers should reject this anti-Christian, humanist message, as they did the pro-Communist, anti-American sympathies in Mr. Caine’s last movie, THE QUIET AMERICAN.

Aesthetically speaking, THE STATEMENT is a bigger failure than THE QUIET AMERICAN. It spends too much time with its unconvincing anti-hero, Brossard, and not enough time with the French judge and her helper, an army investigator, who lack the necessary sympathy and character depth to make them compelling, attractive heroes.

Please address your comments to:

Michael Barker, Tom Bernard and Marcie Bloom

Co-Presidents

Sony Pictures Classics

550 Madison Avenue, 8th Floor

New York, NY 10022

Phone: (212) 833-8833

Web Page: www.spe.sony.com

SUMMARY: THE STATEMENT is a failed political thriller that, despite its renowned cast, uses an important issue, the murder of Jews during the Holocaust in World War II, to make a humanist statement attacking Christianity. Michael Caine plays a self-righteous, hateful Christian who participated in the murder of seven French Jews during the war.

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