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May 6th [06/05]

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Director: Theo van Gogh
Genre: Action, Drama, Adventure
Release Date: December 15, 2004
MPAA Rating: Unrated
1 review about May 6th [06/05]

May 6th -- Dutch docudrama that is neither docu nor drama just dull

  • Oct 13, 2010
Rating:
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May 6th (06/05 in Dutch) is a fictional telling of a plot to kill the real Pim Fortuyn who was assassinated on May 6, 2002. Mr. Fortuyn was a politician rare in Holland. He took on illegal immigration in a way that many Hollanders took badly. In essence he said that the Muslim immigrants were a burden on the social welfare system (and intolerant in a very tolerant country) and Holland should shut its borders for the time being. He was a polarizing figure, to say the least.

Jim de Booy (Thijs Romer) is a photographer who happened to be doing a sort of impromptu shoot of a famous actress/vixen when shots ring out. He is unable to get past police to get pictures of the victim, who turns out to be Mr. Fortuyn. After this, Mr. de Booy and Ayse Him (Tara Elders) a Turk involved in an organization that might have had something to do with the assassination spend much of the rest of the movie running from just about anyone who comes their way.

Conspiracy movies with more than one conspiracy tend to be confusing to the point of, well, boredom; this one has three, I think. Does Ms. Him have anything to do with it, if so, how much? She was in love with two different men, who have two different motives for killing someone (at least one of them has it out for Fortuyn, but it isn’t really clear who). One ends up dead, and the other serves his purpose and doesn’t make a reappearance.

The conspiracies may (MAY—hehe) come together at the end—which I will avoid going near. But this saves nothing at all. Hey, sorry you had a crappy meal take this maybe so-so tiramisu as a consolation.

There were moments where the movie looked like it would take on the drama and action of Three Days of the Condor (in a couple of minor respects it does). They are similar in that someone only tangentially related to the conspiracy suddenly has to use his wits to outwit some semi-wits to make it to the end without getting shot. May 6th has far less wit of any kind than its predecessor.

The fundamentals were not distracting (cinematography, music, setting, acting) but not worth discussing further than this.

I haven’t been this bored by a supposed thriller in longer than I can recall. It wasn’t a thrill, it was first confusing then just dull. (I re-rented For a Lost Soldier just to remind myself that not all Dutch films suck.)

On a side note—and probably why this movie became famous—was that the director, Theo van Gogh, was killed shortly after finishing the film. The assumed reason is that he was shot by a Muslim, so the film must have been negative toward Muslims. I didn’t see this at all. For one, to flog the dead horse into pudding, it was boring; for another, the main Muslims were not orthodox, and finally, it isn’t clear they had anything at all to do with the assassination. I think it would be like killing Mr. Nabokov for Lolita just after it was published because you thought it was porn.


 

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