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- 1 hr 23 min
Never Forget is a made-for-TV movie released in 2008, directed by Leo Scherman and starring Lou Diamond Phillips, Kris Holden-Ried, and Sarah Manninen. The story centers around a Holocaust survivor named Elie who, after surviving the horrors of the concentration camps, fled to Canada to start a new life. The film begins with an elderly Elie (Lou Diamond Phillips) giving a talk to a group of university students about his experiences during the Holocaust. Afterwards, a young woman named Nastassja (Sarah Manninen) approaches him and asks if he would be willing to tell her more about his experiences for her thesis on the Holocaust. Initially hesitant, Elie eventually agrees to meet with her on a weekly basis.
As Elie begins to recount his experiences, flashbacks are used to take us back to his time in the concentration camps. We see him separated from his family and forced to endure the brutal conditions of the camps, including starvation, forced labor, and torture. Throughout it all, Elie is sustained by his love for his wife, whom he plans to be reunited with once the war is over.
Back in the present day, Elie's meetings with Nastassja slowly begin to have an impact on him. He starts to have vivid nightmares and flashbacks, and becomes increasingly paranoid that someone is following him. As it turns out, his fears are not unfounded - he is being followed by a Nazi sympathizer named Klaus (Kris Holden-Ried), who is determined to silence Elie and prevent him from telling his story.
As Klaus's threats become more and more serious, Elie finds himself torn between wanting to protect himself and wanting to continue telling his story to the world. Along the way, he also begins to question whether he has truly moved on from the trauma of the Holocaust, or if it still haunts him in ways he never realized.
Overall, Never Forget is a powerful and emotionally affecting film about the enduring trauma of the Holocaust. Lou Diamond Phillips delivers a strong performance as Elie, effectively conveying both his strength and his vulnerabilities. The flashbacks to the concentration camps are harrowing but necessary, providing a sobering reminder of the atrocities that were committed during this dark period in history. And while the storyline about Klaus can sometimes feel a bit melodramatic, it helps to raise the stakes and add a sense of urgency to Elie's mission.
At its heart, Never Forget is a film about the importance of remembering the past - not just for the sake of honoring those who were lost, but also for the sake of preventing atrocities like the Holocaust from ever happening again. In a world where hatred and prejudice still exist, this message feels as relevant today as it did when the film was first released.
Never Forget is a 2007 action movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 23 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 4.3.