ALONE IN BERLIN REVIEWED
“Alone in Berlin” is about two older Berlin citizens who turn on the Nazi party. It’s not for any particular noble cause, but grief over their Nazi soldier son dying on the frontlines. The film is supposed to be the story of grieving parents, but it’s shaky. It’s super shaky because Emma Thompson and Brendan Gleeson’s characters only begin doing the right thing when they take a loss. Their country is ruining the world and their fellow Berliners are being pushed to the brink.
But, this time…they pushed Nanny McPhee too far! Even the tag line of the film states that their mission is the message. Well, their message is just sending Anti-Nazi postcards and other junk all over Berlin. They don’t really produce them, but just push out available content. There’s not many modern world comparisons. As it’s not like what would happen if your parents started posting ISIS propaganda all over downtown Nashville.
This film is a story about self-centered people finding a degree of awareness after tragedy. I would love to read the book that it’s based on, but I don’t see that much changing. Still, give it a shot.
- 2.40:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby Digital 5.1
RELEASE DATE: 6/13/17
The Plot Thus Far
Berlin, 1940. Working class couple Otto and Anna Quangel receive the news that their only son has lost his life in the battlefield and decide to resist the Nazi regime in their very own way. Soon the Gestapo is hunting “the threat”.