The Captain

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"Follow the leader"
  • 2018
  • 1 hr 58 min
  • 7.3  (20,996)
  • 67

In the dark days of World War II, a German soldier, Willi Herold (Max Hubacher), on the run from his own army, finds a discarded captain's uniform in the woods. Driven by hunger, fear, and a desire to survive, he puts on the uniform, assumes the identity of a high-ranking officer, and sets out to find shelter and food. Before long, he happens upon a group of soldiers who have been abandoned by their commanding officer.

At first, the soldiers are suspicious of Herold, but he quickly establishes himself as a charismatic and assertive leader. Herold quickly takes command and rallies the dispirited troops. Herold turns the ragged band of soldiers into a loyal and disciplined fighting force, hunting down deserters and executing them without mercy.

As Herold's power grows, he uses his newfound authority to investigate and punish suspected traitors and saboteurs. He becomes increasingly ruthless, using fear and intimidation to control the troops. At the same time, however, he displays a surprising amount of compassion, protecting a group of deserters who fled his wrath and sick soldiers in his care.

Despite his willingness to execute those he deems traitors, Herold's tactics are initially successful. He is able to maintain order among the troops and push back against Allied forces. However, his reign of terror eventually catches up with him, and his fate is sealed.

The Captain is a gripping and powerful film that explores the darkness of humanity and the corrupting influence of power. The film's star, Max Hubacher, delivers a stunning performance as the troubled protagonist, effectively conveying the character's gradual descent into madness. The supporting cast is equally strong, with Alexander Fehling (as Unteroffizier Junker) and Sebastian Rudolph (as Hauptmann Rohde) both delivering powerful and nuanced performances.

The film's direction by Robert Schwentke is also top-notch. Schwentke uses a minimalist approach, focusing on the characters and their actions to tell the story. He also masterfully creates tension and suspense, using lighting and sound to great effect.

Overall, The Captain is a must-see for fans of war dramas or historical films. The film serves as a sobering reminder of the horrors of war and the danger of blindly following authority. Despite its dark subject matter, the film never feels exploitative or gratuitous, treating its characters and themes with respect and nuance. The Captain is a powerful and sobering film that will leave a lasting impression on audiences.

The Captain is a 2018 war movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 58 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.3 and a MetaScore of 67.

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    1 hr 58 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    7.3  (20,996)
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