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"Good" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by John Johnson

Good

Synopsis

In 1933, when Hitler became Chancellor of Germany, the Nazis didn't waste any time, burning books that were contradictory to Hitler's Fascist National Socialism plans for the country. The first concentration camps started to be constructed, although their intitial purpose was not what they eventually turned out to be.

Author John Halder (Mortensen) is a literature professor in a Berlin university, and in 1939, a book he has written is brought to the attention of Hitler because it has certain aspects that suit National Socialistic politics. Halder is asked to join the SS and write a paper fully expounding on his ideas, some of which will support the euthanasia of the mentally ill, for the "good of the nation."

At first, Halder does not think he is the right kind of person who should join the Nazi Party, but he eventually concedes and becomes an SS officer. Years earlier, he had suggested that his Jewish friend Dr. Maurice Gluckstein (Isaacs) leave Germany, because of growing anti-Semitism, but Maurice refused to consider it.

As war begins, in 1939, now Maurice wants to leave, but John finds himself in a predicament, being an SS officer. When he finally obtains a ticket for Maurice's exit, Maurice has already been "relocated" to a concentration camp.

He asks the Office of Records to perform an experiment in locating someone to see how good their record keeping is, but in fact, he simply wants to find his old friend.

He finds him in the camp, wearing the clothes like all of the Jewish camp inmates, and Maurice does not recognize him. Then, he looks around the camp and sees what is happening not only to Maurice, but to an entire ethnic population, and he realizes that he has contributed to the worst crime ever committed by the human race.

 

Specifications

  • National Entertainment Media
  • 2008, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 36 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Jason Isaacs, Jodie Whittaker, Steven Elder, Anastasia Hille, Adrian Schiller
  • Directed by Vicente Amorim
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Bad

Commentary

This is not your typical WW-II movie. No machine guns, no bayonets. It's a story of one man, and how much impact a single book that he wrote could have on the lives of millions, especially since the Nazis were burning so many books in the first place. However, the story moves slowly, and does not really need so much flashback to Halder's early years as a professor, who leaves his ailing wife for another woman.

Technical

The image quality is very good, but not quite deserving of a 5. Not much need for surround sound, but the DTS-HD Master Audio delivers everything clearly.

Extras

None.