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Good (2008)

Viggo Mortensen , Mark Strong , Vicente Amorim  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Viggo Mortensen, Mark Strong, Jason Isaacs
  • Directors: Vicente Amorim
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: National Entertainment Media
  • DVD Release Date: September 28, 2010
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003RHZ6F2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,092 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Good" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

When John Halder’s (Viggo Mortensen) latest novel is enlisted by powerful political figures in the Nazi party to push their agenda, his career and social standing instantly advance. But after learning of the Reich’s horrific plans for the future and the devastating effects they will have on people close to him, John must decide whether or not to take a stand and risk losing everything.

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85 of 92 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "It's real." September 19, 2010
By Konrei
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.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good! May 6, 2011
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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.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Human Comedy: A Study of Adaptation September 6, 2010
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.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ImportPlus February 11, 2010
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Man in 1937 Berlin February 23, 2012
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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 1 day ago by jesse fernandes
4.0 out of 5 stars A different take on WWII-Nazi Germany and a German citizen's...
I enjoyed the acting, and as always, Viggo Mortensen is good in this as well. The other actors were also very good. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mari G. H.
2.0 out of 5 stars GOOD - Unfortunately is Not
Very dry and much disappointing. I would not recommend this picture, simply because I'm sort of a Germany history buff and the story is just not what I expected. Read more
Published 1 month ago by man2man
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow, but Effective - Worth Seeing
This film was slow moving, but that was the point. It showed the audience how a man by steps slowly taken can miss the mark when it comes to actually doing good. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bookworm2
5.0 out of 5 stars A very powerful, overlooked film
While the film is not as understandable as C. P. Taylor's play, the film is very, very good. The play employs music throughout, and that does not do well in the film version. Read more
Published 3 months ago by C. Medine
4.0 out of 5 stars makes you think
This film showed the slippery slope that some germans were caught in when it came to the Nazis

well done film BUT pacing at times glacial

all actors did a... Read more
Published 3 months ago by james macielak
4.0 out of 5 stars A very GOOD movie!
What I enjoyed most about this film was the way the story shows this very personal relationship between two men: one Jewish(played by Jason Issacs) and one non- Jewish , both... Read more
Published 4 months ago by L. M. Butler
4.0 out of 5 stars Haunting Ending is Right
I saw this movie a few years ago and liked it a lot. My husband and I are diehard WWll fans. I am puzzled by the negative reviews of this movie so I am going to watch it again. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Different take on WW 2
This approaches the conflicts from a different point. No fighting scenes but the violence is quite apparent. The ending brings to reality the fact that the War was only beginning.
Published 8 months ago by Rollin L. Schwab
5.0 out of 5 stars VIGGO!
I'm a Viggo Mortensen fan and I absolutely loved this movie. Such a great actor. Love all of his movies.
Published 8 months ago by Henry's Mom
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