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Gladbeck: The Hostage Crisis

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

German hostage crisis docu is gripping but harrowing.

Movie NR 2022 91 minutes
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This is an intense, harrowing, and gripping account of the violence surrounding a real bank robbery and taking of hostages. Gladbeck: The Hostage Crisis has a strong point of view about the role that the media, especially journalists on the ground following the perpetrators, played in escalating the situation at nearly every turn. Older teens who can handle the intense material and who are fans of the true-crime genre will find a lot of food for thought here.

The filmmakers provide very little context, but viewers who didn't know about this apparently watershed moment in German media history should be able to figure things out as the events unfold. Law enforcement is left largely out of the story, so viewers interested in other points of view and/or more context can be encouraged to research it.

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