I only got through about 60% of this because I had forgotten it was one I had paid to rent, rather than just watching on Prime, and my rental expired before I finished watching (in other words, I thought I had all the time in the world to finish it.)
Obviously, I can't review the movie as a whole. That being said, the performances were quite good and the tension level was kept relatively high in that it really captured what must have been the level of stress and uncertainty even for non-Jews at the time (of course, it was 100x worse for the Jewish people, but it was still more than bad enough for the everyone else who wasn't a true believer in the Nazi mission. I suspect I willl rent it again to finish watching...it was definitely keeping my interest enough that I'd like to see the end, even if it means paying again.
However, HOWEVER, I do have one complaint, not necessarily about the film itself, but about the way it is being promoted. It really needs to come with a strong, and unmissable, warning that the movie contains many scenes of animals suffering, in pain, in fear, and dying, sometimes as a result of the deliberate, intentional acts of the Nazis. (SLIGHT SPOILER: Just to clarify, the initial bombings killed out many of the animals, but hitting the zoo was, as I understand it, not an intentional act, not that that fact lessened the animals' suffering any).
Now, to those who say that my real concern should be the suffering of the humans, and in particular to those who say my real concern should the suffering of the Jewish people, I can only say the following: You have a point, and I absolutely hear what you are saying. But it is unusual these days to see such overt and protracted violence against animals, and so many animals, portrayed as vividly as it is in this film. Many filmakers, understandably so, show at most only an indirect and very brief shot of an animal in pain. For those of us that are wired with a particular sensitivity to the welfare of animals, even that can be heartwrenching. While I knew this film would include the death of animals, I had NO warning that it would be as bad as it was.
For better or worse (and I think most of us would say worse), violence against humans has become the norm in films, and it doesn't surprise us. In general terms, we expect it. But even though the overriding plot was about the decimation and murder of the Jewish people, the part of the film I got through concentrated on the slaughter of animals. Given that, I really do believe that this film merits an extra, and overt, warning, for the benefit of those of us that are particularly sensitive to animal suffering.
I can't in good conscience give this film less than four stars, however, because what I am really criticizing is the lack of warning about violence against animals that should have been shown before the film started, and, as I said earlier on, this film certainly worked well for me on every other level.