The intrinsically dramatic story of the official Israeli interrogation of Adolf Eichmann, master executor of the Final Solution, receives a dry, detached and mechanical treatment in “Eichmann.” Screenwriter Snoo Wilson’s on-the-nose dialogue and dramatization, based on the interrogation transcripts, allows director Robert Young’s cast, led by Thomas Kretschmann as the notorious Third Reich fanatic, little room to breathe. Pic originally bowed at fests and markets in 2007 and was thereafter released theatrically and on vid in numerous territories; its Stateside release is a mere blip before ancillary play.
This version of events opts to bypass the exciting and emotionally intense Israeli capture of Eichmann, hiding under an assumed identity in Argentina, and instead divides screen time between scenes of lead Israeli prosecutor Avner Less (Troy Garity) seeking Eichmann’s admission of guilt and flashbacks of Eichmann’s WWII activities. Less is assigned to the case by Minister Tormer (Stephen Fry), only to face fierce protests by Holocaust survivors who demand Eichmann’s immediate death without trial. While learning facts that could compromise his own position, Less struggles with the tight-lipped Eichmann, whom Kretschmann plays with a monotone smirkiness.