Albrecht Stein, a youth coming of age in Nazi Germany, is enrolled in the Napola political academy by his father. While being groomed for a membership in the SS, Albrecht becomes disillusioned with the Nazi ideology he at first embraced.
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"I always imagined myself as the hero who killed dragons, rescued virgins, and freed the world from evil. As we went out yesterday, I felt like that little boy who wanted to save the world. But after we returned, I understood that I am part of the evil that I wanted to save us from."
I liked a lot of this film, but there were several parts that I thought were a little overdone. (Ice swim scene in particular) When dealing with this sort of subject matter I feel the drama is already there. Pushing it to the next level with slow motion and sad time music makes it a bit over the top (imo) , it often breaks my concentration. But as i said there is still quite a bit to like.
I watched this movie without subtitles when I began studying german and I thought it was interesting, I later returned to it when my german had improved and found that it was not as good as I first thought. The setting and costumes are well made and the concept for the story is great, but the execution has a lot of weak moments.