As I mentioned yesterday, three films that debuted over the past week deal with the atrocities of World War II. Valkyrie stars Tom Cruise as a German Colonel secretly planning to take down Hitler and Defiance boasts Daniel Craig as a resistance leader who helps hundreds escape the Nazis, but Good… well, Good isn’t about someone fighting the bad guys. It’s about someone — a professor played by Viggo Mortensen — who goes against his better judgment and joins them.
Though I thought the "Hilter’s a jerk" line seemed kind of out of place and lame, overall I’m much more interested in Good than I am in its competition. We all understand why anyone would choose to fight against the Third Reich — but it’s nearly impossible to comprehend how so many people bought into the Nazi’s philosophy and supported their horrendous crimes. While Good is not based on a true story per se, it’s clear that it attempts to provide a realistic depiction of how easy it was for many ordinary German citizens to join in on the mob mentality. I don’t know about you, but the last spoken words in the trailer gave me the chills: "Not you, too, Johnny."