Robert Schwentke (The Time Travelers Wife, Flight Plan, Red, Insurgent) is something of a studio journeyman helmer. Nothing wrong with that – but he really seems to have stretched himself with WWII drama The Captain. Stark, crisp cinematography and German subtitles show us that this is far from generic Hollywood fare.
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Based on the astonishing true story of Pvt. Willi Herold, a teenage deserter from the German army whose sadism would eventually earn him the nickname of the Executioner of Emsland, The Captain picks up two weeks before the end of the war. A petrified Herold, fleeing military police, finds a Nazi captain’s uniform to wear and avoid execution. Thus disguised, he soon rallies a ragtag band of brothers whose unquestioning acceptance of his command emboldens him. High on the terrifying charisma of his clothing, he invents a secret mission from the Führer and embarks on a brutal odyssey of torture and slaughter.
The Captain starring Max Hubacher, Milan Peschel and Frederick Lau opens in the UK on 21 September 2018.