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      The Survivor

      TV-MA 2021 2 hr. 9 min. Drama Biography TRAILER for The Survivor: Trailer 1 List
      86% 69 Reviews Tomatometer 77% 100+ Ratings Audience Score After being sent to Auschwitz, Haft is forced to participate in a gladiatorial boxing spectacle along with his fellow prisoners. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Oct 27 Buy Now

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      Ben Foster's gripping work in the central role further elevates The Survivor's affectingly character-driven approach to its weighty themes.

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      Jonathan F These types of movies all seem to hit the same beats, partly because they're based on the same events. But it's the familiar rhythm of these ‘triumph of the human spirit' narratives that tends to make so many of them so maddeningly similar. The Survivor does something else, finding a different way of telling a familiar story through an intensely character-driven film. Driven predominantly by Ben Foster's ‘Harry.' Less feel good than some will hope, but its on its surest footing when it veers into the visceral ache felt by all survivors. Well worth the watch made all the more timely by recent events. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/27/24 Full Review Charlie L Brilliantly acted story that everyone should witness. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 12/27/23 Full Review richie v UNA AGONIZANTE HISTORIA Cada día de sus vidas se basaba en el contundente pensamiento de la muerte. Una muerte pobre, seca, cansada, injustificada. Pensamos que no había elección, sí que la había, obedecer o morir, y no sé cuál podría llegar a ser más rentable. Y al final cada judío destrozado injustamente debía preocuparse por su vacía esperanza de vida y conseguir salir del pozo más profundo en el que una persona podría caer hasta el día de hoy. Unos lo hacían por egoísmo y traición a sus compañeros, otros conseguían esas etiquetas pero el amor lo justificaba. Y todo esto para contarnos una sorprendente y emotiva historia de un polaco que lo convirtieron en boxeador contra judíos (cuyo futuro llegaría a pelear contra el inigualable Rocky Marciano), en uno de los campos de exterminio, solamente para el disfrute de los nazis. Noto una ligera intención de cine comercial y convencional, con aspectos propios hollywoodienses, tampoco ponen como protagonista el boxeo sino el acontecimiento por el que tuvo que pasar, explicando porque tuvo que boxear y porque continuó haciéndolo una vez liberado, y también lo que le ocurrió con Schneider y el amor que sentía por esa hermosa joven que de repente se la arrebataron, es decir, el sentimiento de culpa y los recuerdos tenebrosos. Contándolo todo a varias personas que una de ellas es un entrevistador cuya intención me recuerda a la del muchacho que entrevistó a Louis, en Entrevista con el Vampiro. Palabras interesantes y profundas son las que escucho durante la proyección, me adentro más en la historia al experimentarlas, me ocurre algo similar al contemplar la interpretación de Ben Foster y Vicky Krieps, todos están geniales, pero ellos están en negrita. Ese final lagrimoso es conmovedor. Levinson recrea una historia real en la que podemos aprender de dos amores en períodos de tiempo muy lejanos de uno al otro, una inquietante decisión que convierte la supervivencia en culpabilidad y traición ligada al amor. Dónde no sale de lo convencional pero sí que aumenta su valor en comparación con este año. Es probablemente su mejor película en la última década. RICHIE VALERO, SEPTIEMBRE 2023, ESPAÑA. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 10/08/23 Full Review Mark T It baffles me how much the human body can endure when its mind is focused on survival. Whats even more baffling is how that very mind can betray you when the battle is over. I can't even begin to imagine the pain and suffering the Jewish people went through during the Holocaust. I know this may be controversial… but fuck Hitler! This film is based on a True Story and it will really put our last couple of years in perspective. We think high gas prices, social distancing and family members passing due to the pandemic is so terrible. How about being treated like a mangy dog, having to watch your loved ones burned, gassed and in Hafts case be forced to fight in a gladiator style boxing circuit for the amusement of the German soldiers. Oh, and I know your family is dead but now you MUST fight your best friend to the death. Think about that next time you bitch about wearing a mask to eat at a restaurant. You'd imagine that coming out of all that suffering alive and well would make you feel ecstatic and appreciative of your life, but more commonly you are a victim of Survivors Guilt. Imagine that. You have quite literally made it out of hell due to how focused your mind was on survival and once free your mind betrays you and makes your daily life an internal hell. Bio-pics are made because the story is worth telling. How the director tells that story is where things can get dicey. The story can be overshadowed by shitty directing or be magnified by a great director. The Survivor is an example of the story being better than the movie. Don't get me wrong, the movie is still good but I think its only good because of the story itself is so compelling and then is carried by Ben Foster's incredible performance. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 06/14/23 Full Review Avindu G The survivor doesn't have the sparkling spectacles of liberation but it got a clear revelation of survivor's day-to-day trauma. What's remarkable about this story is how it translates to modern lives dwelling in the cutthroat society, the guilt, helplessness and questionable consciences when thrown together produces a truly dramatic visualization of a life lived in two extremes in two different eras. Hertzka's painful struggle to start his life from where it was uprooted and Schneider's sociopathic obsession to live on his desires is a clear provocative constrasts. The remarkable performances, flawless story and clever visual set-up put this movie higher up in ranks. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 04/15/23 Full Review Michael W This sports movie was great. Ben Foster, Vicky Krieps, Billy Magnussen, Peter Sarsgaard, John Leguizamo, Danny Devito, and the rest of the cast did a great job in this movie. This true story about boxer Harry Haft was dramatic, tragic, and terrifying. It's about fighting to survive during a dark time in history. If you haven't seen this movie yet, check it out sometime. It's a definite must see. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 04/03/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Dmitry Samarov Chicago Reader While this may not rank with Son of Saul or Raging Bull in the top rung, The Survivor is not a film to take for granted. May 14, 2022 Full Review Christy Lemire FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) This is excellent... It's beautifully shot and powerfully acted. May 9, 2022 Full Review Ty Burr Ty Burr's Watch List Aside from the singularity of the story it tells, the movie has two things going for it: Ben Foster in the lead and a knowledge of how guilt and trauma can fuse a person into a black hole of self-loathing. Rated: 3/4 Apr 29, 2022 Full Review Antonio Trashorras Fotogramas Despite its flaws, the result is sufficiently convincing emotionally to transcend a mere style exercise and allows us to rediscover a Ben Foster that, once again, justifies us to glue our eyes to the screen. [Full review in Spanish] Rated: 3/5 Sep 26, 2023 Full Review Javier Ocaña El Pais (Spain) The portrait of the inner torment of a man condemned to live played by a superb Ben Foster, would be hard to disappoint the interested viewer. [Full review in Spanish] Sep 25, 2023 Full Review Taylor Baker Drink in the Movies [The Survivor is] a clunky heartfelt period piece that makes up for its wonkiness with a constant thread of forward momentum, respect for the past, and an underlying sense of gratitude. Rated: 60/100 Nov 18, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis After being sent to Auschwitz, Haft is forced to participate in a gladiatorial boxing spectacle along with his fellow prisoners.
      Barry Levinson
      Executive Producer
      Joel Greenberg, Ben Foster, Danny DeVito, Brenda Gilbert, Steven Thibault, Ashley Levinson, Anjay Nagpal, Ron McLeod, Jason Cloth, Richard McConnell
      Justine Juel Gillmer
      Production Co
      Creative Wealth Media Finance
      Drama, Biography
      Original Language
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 27, 2022
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