The Keep Nazis are sent to guard an old, mysterious fortress in a Romanian pass. One of them mistakenly releases an unknown force trapped within the walls. A mysterious stranger senses this from his home in Greece and travels to the keep to vanquish the force. As soldiers are killed, a Jewish man and his daughter (who are both knowledgeable of the keep) are brought in to find out what is happening.
Beautiful, haunting yet flawed masterpiece
The Keep Michael Mann’s The Keep is a haunting, beautiful, and very underrated film. It’s major flaw is the tragic fact that roughly two hours of footage was butchered from it to slice it down to it’s one hour and forty minute length. Had the film been allowed to be released in it’s entirety initially I think it’s critical and audience reception would have been far better, and it would be considered. One of Mann’s classics, such as Heat or The Last Of The Mohicans.
Jurgen Prochnow plays the German, captain wonderfully, not just type cast in his usual German psycho cliché role, but actually playing a real human being with conflict and compassion. Gabriel Byrne is adequately nasty as the sadistic Nazi officer, and Ian Mckellan explosive and passionate as the professor. Alberta Watson gives a strikingly beautiful performance as Eva and is a very underrated actress, showing stunning depth, emotion and heartbreak in her role. The Keep
I feel that this film has been given an unfair and hurried critique by far too many people, and that it should be praised and remembered more than it has been not for it’s unfortunate shortcomings, but for it’s amazing soundtrack, acting, visuals and storytelling.