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Good [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)

Viggo Mortensen , Mark Strong , Vicente Amorim    Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good History Jan. 4 2011
By Moodywoody TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Often the power of cinema is to educate. The film Good gives us an interesting historical perspective on what it was like living in Nazi Germany in the 1930's leading up to the Second World War. If one ever wonders how a large nation like Germany could have been seduced by the Nazi ideology, this film gives a little clue. Becoming a totalitarian society, it was becoming increasingly clear that membership in the Nazi party was the way to get ahead in its society and avoid persecution. You can see the powerful conformity in thought and behaviors that was becoming pervasive in Germany, in which any kind of public or even private dissent was punished severely. Fear and even terror existed amongst the population. Hence, the old saying goes something like this, "The triumph of evil is when good people remain silent."

Viggo Mortensen gives another great performance, this time playing a university professor who in the early thirties writes a novel about the need for euthanasia and mercy killing in society. This is the seed that garners the attention of the Nazi Party, who see this man as being able to articulate their murderous intentions regarding the weak and frail under the guise of human compassion.

The professor is a good and decent man, taking care of an invalid mother along with the responsibilities of husband and father, though he does later leave his wife for a younger woman. He is a political liberal who at first is shocked at the political success of the Nazis and cannot believe that they will have any staying power. His best friend is a Jew. Yet, though a series of compromises and rationalizations, he allows himself to be seduced by the benefits of being a member of the Nazi Party, and ultimately becomes a member of the SS.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Different View of the Holocaust June 19 2012
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I've seen most of the movies that have Viggo Mortensen in its cast of players and purchased this one because he was in it. It's different from his usual type of movie that is filled with action and adventure, and the end of course brings us to the reality of what happened in World War II.
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4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD (movie) March 18 2013
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another great movie with Viggo Mortensen , would definitely recommend the dvd GOOD
the acting is done very well by all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars Sept. 15 2014
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Great Historical drama !
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4.0 out of 5 stars "It's real." Sept. 19 2010
By Konrei - Published on Amazon.com
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Viggo Mortensen is a chief exponent of the Block-of-Wood School of Acting, but he is perfectly cast as Professor "Johnnie" Halder, a Professor of Literature and novelist in Hitler's Germany.

As GOOD opens, Johnnie is just like anybody else. He is dealing with a neurotic wife and demanding children, balancing home and work, and is dedicating time to caring for his increasingly frail and senile mother. Hitler has just come to power. He begins an affair with his student, Anne Hartman, more as a distraction than anything else, and maintains his friendship with Maurice Gluckstein, his former psychoanalyst. He decries Nazi book-burnings and dismisses the Fuhrer as a "joke."

In an attempt to establish its credibility, the new government is seeking out experts to endorse its policies, and they trip across Johnnie's sensitively written 1920s novel of a husband who aids his terminally ill wife in an assisted suicide.

Although Johnnie despises Naziism he is flattered by the attention paid to his novel, and accepts (with misgivings) an honorary commission in the SS. This opens the door to promotions at the University. He becomes Dean of Literature after the former Dean, Herr Mandelbaum "leaves in such a hurry." He is tapped to inspect facilities for the care of the mentally ill, based on his "humanitarian" writings.

Despite pressure, he continues to befriend Maurice, who is becoming more and more bleak as time passes. He does attempt to arrange for his friend to leave Germany, but he is stopped from purchasing a ticket to Paris. Finally, he loses track of his friend in 1938, right after Kristallnacht.

Throughout GOOD, Johnnie IS "good," but he becomes increasingly blind to what is happening around him as he travels down the slippery slope that eventually takes him to Auschwitz on an inspecton tour.

Never evil, Johnnie Halder is an Everyman who goes along, accepts what he told without question, and is increasingly co-opted by flattery and comfort. In the end, he comes to realize that he is stumbling through a waking nightmare of which he in part created. Not judgmental of its protagonist, GOOD invites us to question just what a "good" man is and does and where the bounds of responsibility lie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good! May 6 2011
By Music Man - Published on Amazon.com
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This movie provides an alarming view of what not only happened to good people in Germany to aide and abet the Nazi's death machine, but it also serves as a sober warning of what can happen to any people, any nation, any society that allows its government to become more important than the individual liberty and tolerance of its citizens. The storyline shows the seduction and dire consequences of individuals allowing themselves to be part of a patronage system of government and group think societal norms. Ahh, what could have been had the good people in Germany refused to go along with the Nazi game and locked their heals and stand their ground on self decency and virtue.

Good just as easily can be seen as the story of current events playing out in countries like Venezuela and other places where a free and democratic people surrender the sovereignty of their individual liberty to a strong man or progressive ideology that makes the state the central most important element of society and human existence.
26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Human Comedy: A Study of Adaptation Sept. 6 2010
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
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A new movement for change, promising a life richer in education, physical prowess, diminished crime, and increased wealth is like a magnet, and the promises that National Socialist Republic created in all forms of the media in the 1930s were probably heady enough that the post World War I Germans could turn a blind eye to the vacuous reality of a rising maniac's promises. GOOD is a film that suggests how the good common people responded to the rise of the Third Reich - the Nazi party with its loathsome guardianship in the Gestapo. It suggests how personal needs could cloud the mind to see only the benefits of a new order that would eventually destroy millions of people and attempt to transform the world in a new social order. And it is painful to watch the disease progress into every aspect of life in Germany.

John Halder (Viggo Mortensen) is a professor of literature and a writer of novels: his latest novel is a fictional story about a man who, out of love for his suffering wife, assists her dying. This novel catches the eye of Hitler and the Reichminister Bouhler (Mark Strong) who encourages Halder to draft a paper describing how euthanasia is a good and righteous act - a paper that will eventually 'justify' the massacre of Jews and other 'undesirables'. Halder's life is in such upheaval (his mother (Gemma Jones) is dying of tuberculosis while living with Halder and his piano obsessed wife Helen (Anastasia Hille) whom he divorces, Halder finds happiness only with a student Anne (Jodie Whittaker) who is fascinated with the Nazi party, and Halder's only close friend is psychiatrist Maurice Israel Glückstein (Jason Issacs) who is Jewish and loathes the Nazi party. Because of Halder's needs in life and also because of the glory he feels being praised for his novel, he agrees to be an 'advisor' to the party. His confrères include Adolph Eichmann (Steven Elder) and Josef Goebbels (Adrian Schiller) and slowly the good man John Halder becomes immersed in the Nazi party.

Maurice, being Jewish and detesting John's alliance with the Nazis, must escape Germany as the Jewish purge begins. His only hope is aid from Halder's Nazi affiliation and he desperately seeks Halder's help. Halder is unable to come to Maurice's aid; Maurice is evacuated and Halder's inspection of the concentration camps makes him face his worse fear about his selling out his morals and honor and his losing his closest friend.

GOOD began as a play by C.P. Taylor and was transformed into a screenplay by John Wrathall. Vicente Amorim directs a cast of mixed experience, but from Mortensen and Isaacs and Jones he draws fine performances. Throughout the film Halder has aural delusions: at times of stress he hears music, a factor that in retrospect makes us question his own stability. The music he hears is a sad rewriting of the works of Gustav Mahler -' Die Zwei Blauen Augen von meinem Schatz', and 'O Mensch!' from the Mahler 3rd Symphony (both sung in English translations by people on the street!), bit and pieces of score quoting phrases from Mahler in a very pedestrian arrangement, and finally orchestral recordings of moments from Mahler's Symphonies No.1 and No.3. The pedestrian quality of the score weights the film down. The cinematography by Andrew Dunn is fine (the film was shot in Hungary). Overall, it feels like this is a strong idea of a statement of what happens to the minds common men in times of crises. For this viewer it simply doesn't accomplish its goal, despite the worthy attempt Viggo Mortensen makes. Grady Harp, September 10
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Man in 1937 Berlin Feb. 23 2012
By Tsuyoshi - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Viggo Mortensen is Professor John Halder, a mild-mannered professor teaching literature (including Marcel Proust) at a university in Berlin. It is 1937, at the time of the rise of the Third Reich. One day John is summoned by the head of Nazi Censorship Committee Bouhler (Mark Strong), who tells him John's recent novel (involving the theme of euthanasia) had greatly impressed Hitler himself. Bouhler then asks him to write a paper for the Nazi party.

John's best friend is a Jewish psychiatrist named Maurice Gluckstein (Jason Isaacs). Maurice needs a train ticket to Paris, but to buy one he also needs a permit that his friend John, now furthering his political career, can obtain.

"Good," based on a C. P. Taylor play, is a drama about morality. The film's message is clear and universal, but as a drama the narrative falls flat and most supporting characters remain one-dimensional. The character of Anne, a student attracted to Professor Halder (played by Jodie Whittaker, impressive in "Venus" opposite Peter O'Toole) is underwritten, and so is Freddie, a Nazi officer played by Steven Mackintosh.

But to me the most disappointing part of the film was the central character Professor John Halder. Viggo Mortensen with his understated performance is not bad, but the way how his character, a "good" man seduced by something he initially distances himself from, finally comes to be what he is should be explored more deeply. He is in conflict, but with what?

In short, what the film lacks is credible character development in the protagonist, and perhaps equally importantly, confidence in the material the film deals with.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ImportPlus Feb. 11 2010
By speedgoddess - Published on Amazon.com
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This film is terribly underrated. What a Find! Viggo does it again! I just wish it would come in a Region 1 format.
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