Good vs. Evil

by | Dec 31st, 2008 | 2:40PM | Filed under: Trailers

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."

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