If you've heard that the Vatican knew the Jews were being slaughtered in concentration camps and you're curious about how the Pope responded, this movie is for you. If you're curious about whether some men in Nazi uniforms were sickened by their role in the slaughter, this movie is for you. If you're curious about how Vatican-connected priests worked with those sickened men in Nazi uniforms to expose the slaughter to the Vatican - and to try to get the Vatican to say something - this movie is for you.
Amen does a passable job of telling that the above things really happened. The scenes are well-filmed, and the sets are either beautiful and ornate as needed (the Vatican), or show utter death and destruction as needed (the camps; bombed-out Berlin). The story is easy to follow and moves along at a good pace. You know who the Good Guys are, you know who the Bad Guys are, and you know who the Failed Men are (hint hint, they're in Rome).
And the actors and actresses look appropriate for the parts they play. Amen's script also has the characters saying what people really said about the "rumours" of Jews being slaughtered off in remote camps, and what people really said to justify their involvement in it - or their tolerance of it.
One or two stars off, though, for pretty simplistic dialogue, the Righteous Priest being a bit too pretty and pure, and all those Nazi uniforms being spotless and well-pressed even out in the field and as The Third Reich was collapsing.
But I give Amen four stars also because it ends with a rarely-discussed, postwar topic: priests of the Catholic Church helping spirit Nazi War Criminals out of Europe after the war. The movie ends with a pro-Nazi priest helping the movie's most despicable Nazi War Criminal escape to Argentina. And Yes, that really happened. A lot.
So Amen is definitely worth a watch. You don't see this type of movie much, and it's based on fact.