If you think war is hell, see what happens when it stops.
Like Tammany Hall’s Boss Tweed, Nazi deserter Willi Herold saw his opportunities and took them. Based on a true story, writer/director Robert Schwentke turns his back on the “Saving Private Ryan” fireworks and focuses on the filthy drudgery of war. In the closing days, German forces are starving, exhausted and retreating in disarray and panic, some being slaughtered by incoming Allied troops. Many are choosing to desert and take a chance on being caught and summarily shot by the SS instead of starving to death on the front lines or being summarily shot by the enemy. As the film opens, Herold is caught and is being used for target practice by a sadistic SS sergeant. (CONTINUED)