Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Length: 124 minutes
Age Appropriate For: 14+. The film is set during World War II and is about the conclusion of the war, when Hungary was finally following Germany’s orders to murder its Jewish population, so there’s the backdrop of the Holocaust, with many characters dying, wartime violence, and lots of threatening situations for our protagonist. Also an attempted rape and some morality questions, such as whether Hungary’s government was acting in the best interest of the country when it allied itself with Germany or not. The film could spark an interesting family discussion based on the real story that inspired it.
‘Walking with the Enemy’ adapts the real-life story of a young Jewish man who saved hundreds of other Jews from being killed during the Holocaust by donning the uniform of Hungary’s Nazi-allied military force. That story is powerful in and of itself, but the film’s reliance on storytelling clichés dilutes that impact.
By Roxana Hadadi
At some point perhaps World War II will stop being the focus of so many Hollywood films, but that would be a loss. There are so many powerful stories to be told about both the horrors and heroism of the time, and “Walking with the Enemy” is an example of the latter. A young Jewish man stealing the uniform of a Nazi sympathizer and using it to save hundreds of Jewish people in Hungary is an impressive, inspirational thing. But the reliance on storytelling clichés and flat dialogue hurts “Walking with the Enemy,” taking the focus unfortunately away from the strength of the story and instead to the missteps of the film’s execution.