Did you know that America’s involvement in the First World War was fought and won primarily by black soldiers? I didn’t, but now I do thanks to David O. Russell’s Amsterdam. Please, whatever you do, don’t make the same mistake I did and pay money to view this film; it is pure regime propaganda wrapped in a bowtie of high production values, beautiful stars, and an A-list director.
If one were to see this picture exclusively on the basis of the preview, as I did, they would be under the impression that they were going to see a period piece murder mystery; and this is true for the first hour of this 134-minute movie. Little by little, however, the plot begins to thicken, and around the midway point, we learn that — yes, you guessed it: Nazis are bad.
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