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An Interesting Side Trip of the 2nd WW
on 27 October 2006
Rising star Max Riemelt goes from strength to strength with his appearance in this film about a relatively unknown aspect of the Nazi regime, namely its reconstructing and discipling of the minds of teenagers destined to be future super troopers - or not as is the case for two of the cadets. The film explores the relationships between the cadets, and with their military teachers, and the perception of all of their roles in the Nazi juggernaut that unbeknown to them will ultimately falter, dragging down all and sundry into the ignominious but necessary end. The performances are strong, the scenic backdrop enhancing, and the technicalities underpin the film perfectly. It can be ranked as a worthy companion of the excellent film, Downfall.