Director: Doron Paz, Yoav Paz
Writer: Doron Paz, Yoav Paz (Screenplay)
Starring: Sylvia Hoeks, Michael Aloni, August Diehl, Nikolai Kinski, Milton Welsh, Oz Zahavi
Plot: In 1945, a group of Jewish holocaust survivors planned to poison the water system in Germany. The film tells the dangerous and bold secret-operation which was called – Plan A.
Runtime: 1 Hour 49 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Plan A starts as we meet Max (Diehl) a man that lost everything in the holocaust meeting a group of British soldiers who help him after as they go in search for the war criminals, before sending Max on his way to meet the fellow Jewish survivors, looking to get back on their feet in a nation torn to shreds.
Max meets another secret group of survivors, with Ana (Hoeks) who has saved him in the past, the group is planning their own revenge on the nation, with Plan A, an idea to poison the water system in Germany, now we see how they look to get this done.
Thoughts on Plan A
Characters & Performances – Max is a Holocaust survivor, he was the only one from his family to survive, finding himself in the woods, desperate for food, in the aftermath of the war, he sees how the British were looking to kill the former soldiers, before meeting fellow survivors who are planning their revenge. He must prove his worth to the group, using his natural artistic skills to make this a reality. August Diehl does a great job in the leading role, he will bring the pain of his experiences with the desperate hope of trying to move on. Ana is a member of the group looking to get their revenge on the Germans that never stopped the Nazis, she has been through the same levels of pain, losing her family in the bids to escape. Sylvia Hoeks like August brings all the pain to her performance, with them both showing just how much they have been through. When it comes to the supporting cast, we get to meet the fellow survivors that have lost everything, blinded by the revenge they want to inflict on people, as well as the German people that are trying to get on with their lives, like nothing happened.
Story – The story here follows a survivor of the Holocaust, as he looks to find a purpose in his life after losing everything, he sees the revenge on the soldiers, before getting drawn into a secret group looking to get revenge on the people who just stood and watch everything happen, as the group plan a retaliation that would kills millions. When it comes to any story from the war, we know we are going to be seeing people that have been through extreme amounts of pain, grief and loss, revenge will be something that drives them, with this plan being one that could only make things worse. This will end up falling into the stories that might have been, anyone who knows their history, would know they never succeeded in this plan.
Themes – Plan A is an interesting historical drama, showing us how people would have searched for a form of revenge on people they believe didn’t help them during the Holocaust, it shows a plan to get revenge having a thrilling side to seeing how they put the plan together.
Plan A is on premium digital 3 September and DVD 13 September from Signature Entertainment.
Final Thoughts – Plan A is a great historical thriller that is filled with all the pain the survivors would have been through.