Beyond Mercy (2007) – By Brian Morton

Hate is a funny thing, it’s very easy to hate something until you get to know it better…then, it gets more difficult. That’s the premise (sort of) behind a new movie from Nevzat Kaya, Beyond Mercy, that explores the ultimate hatred.

Set in the mountains, Beyond Mercy is the tale of a Nazi officer, Rudolph, who’s been separated from his squad and has been wounded. He comes across a young Jew, Simon, who he forces to help him try to get help. As they begin the long journey to the nearest village, Rudolph realizes that Simon isn’t helping because he’s being forced to, but because it’s the right thing to do. And, as he realizes this Rudolph begins to rethink his belief in the Nazi philosophy. When the two are found by a pair of Nazi soldiers, Rudolph must choose between loyalty to his service mates, or to the man who saved his life.

Beyond Mercy is an interesting morality tale set during World War 2, and it’s not just because of the topics explored, but because of the way it explores them. Simon rarely speaks in the movie, but his intent is clear all the time, even when it’s less than heroic. The acting in the film is top notch, the story is great and it’s great to see a low budget period piece that gets it so right! I’m giving Beyond Mercy 3 1/2 out of 4 cigars, it’s not for everyone, if you’re looking for a ‘blood and guts’ war movie, then this isn’t for you, but if you’re interested in a movie that explores the idealism behind evil, then you’ll love it. Find out more by heading over to http://www.openfilm.com/videos/beyond-mercy or you can rent or buy it here.