The movie involves Nazis, ancient magic, and moral showdowns but mostly it’s about Mann’s still-nascent style. It’s red eyes, stone walls, slow motion, billowing vapor, blasts of light, and Tangerine Dream’s electronic score. The sustained mood and garish special effects engulf the international cast. They’re lost and wailing in a nightmare of historical fantasy. I hope they all got out OK.
July 24, 2017