In the incredible movie, Return to the Hiding Place, we learn about the secret army that was doing everything in their power to protect the Jews and stop the Nazi regime. We really enjoyed this film for its high production value and incredibly thrilling plot.
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Return to the Hiding Place released in America back in 2014 by Spencer Productions. It was released as a sequel to the 1975 film titled The Hiding Place. If you’re interested in ordering this film after our review, you can find it on our website at www.fishflix.com.
When Corrie ten Boom realizes the rising Nazi empire will destroy Holland and create the holocaust of every innocent Jew in secret death-camps in Return to the Hiding Place, she faces the deadly risk of these “Death-Skull Storm Troopers” with a surprising cure, an army comprised of untrained teenagers.
Around that same time, a bright young physics student, Hans Poley, decides not to join the Nazi party. To protect him, his parents force him into hiding in the home of Corrie ten Boom. While in hiding, he sees the atrocities toward the suffering Jews and decides he must do something to put an end to it.
In Return to the Hiding Place Hans is drawn by resistance fighter, Piet Hartog, and the love of Piet’s life Aty van Woerden, Corrie ten Boom’s niece, into an intricate web of espionage and clandestine activities centered in the famous Hiding Place.
As part of Corrie ten Boom’s army of untrained teenagers, Hans, Piet, and their friends route a deadly labyrinth of challenges to rescue the Jewish people in their modern-day, panicked exodus from death while embarking on a nonstop, action-packed hunt with the underground involving Gestapo hijacks, courageous rescues, codes in windswept old windmills, and stunning wonders in one of history’s most famous dramas. Climaxing in the true, breath-taking rescue of an entire orphanage of Jewish children marked for mass execution by Hitler’s assassins, audiences will both cheer and weep at this exciting, sobering tale of Hans and the youth movement that dared to resist one of History’s cruelest Dictator.
The Hiding Place is a well-known and well revered story, so I can imagine trying to make a movie that lives up to the incredible expectations was difficult. People love this story and think very highly of Corrie Ten-Boom and the sacrifices she and her family made all in pursuit of saving Jews from the Nazi regime.
However, it took me only a few minutes before I found myself drawn into the film. The parts were well-acted, the story was riveting, fast-paced, and exciting and some of the cinematography was truly remarkable. The production value as a whole really stands out, as well. Everything about this film was convincing from the Ten Boom’s shop to the Nazi soldiers.
What I appreciated about this movie the most was how it didn’t limit itself to being a remake of the Hiding Place, telling the same story that we’ve heard many times. While it is an incredible story, it was nice to step outside of the Ten Boom’s workshop and see what life was like on the outside. We were able to meet many new charactes, some who really stuck out as memorable like Hans and Piet. John Rhys-Davies does a fantastic job as Eusi and I enjoyed some of the debate between Eusi and Hans.
This movie is definitely a thriller, with a lot of scenes that will have you on the edge of your seat, wondering if there is a traitor in their midst, if the Hiding Place has been discovered, or even if a character you’ve grown to love is going to be found out. It also features some drama elements, as well, as this movie has a lot of heart to it. We witness characters walk through all stages of love, life, and death in this drama that will have you both rejoicing in victory and in tears in defeat.
Looking at the DVD cover, you can see that Return to the Hiding Place has won a lot of awards, and it’s easy to see why. This is an incredible film that I can easily recommend to anyone. It’s a powerful and moving film that tells a true story from World War II.
Compared to the films we normally review, this one was definitely more violent and designed for more mature audiences. Because this deals with the oppression and struggle of World War II, there is quite a bit of violence, and several scenes that may be too intense for younger viewers. However, it is worth mentioning that these really are things that needed to be included to convey the severity and intensity of the situation. These are real things that happened to real people, and I think it would be revisionist history to try and tame down the events that truly transpired. The filmmakers never go out of their way to show grotesque violence. They only show the things that needed to be shown for the sake of the plot. This film is rated PG-13 for violence, so we recommend that parents watch this film first and decide if it’s okay for their particular family. We definitely recommend that you do not show this movie to younger kids, as it may be too intense and violent for them.
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