I had the chance to watch Paul Verhoeven's film Black Book last night. For it's 2 and a half hours, I found the film to be thrilling and beautiful to look at. Paul Verhoeven is known for his films Robocop, Basic Instinct, and the epic masterpiece, Showgirls, but Black Book is his best film so far and actually can be taken seriously.
Black Book does have it's hints of Verhoeven trashiness but it doesn't take away from the story. Carice van Houten gives a believable and likable performance, and also good to look at.
It's an entertaining war action/thriller with a little bit of everything. I recommend it.